The Peconic Land Trust has received $25,000 in Conservation Partnership Program grants out of $2.2 million given to 47 nonprofits across the state, according to a press release issued by Fred W. Thiele Jr.
According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the grant will enable the Peconic Land Trust to partner with Nassau County and the Cornell Cooperative Extension to evaluate the status of landholdings that make up the 145-acre Nassau County 4-H in Baiting Hollow and create a plan to preserve the land that will allow for the continued existence and rejuvenation of the 4-H camp.
The grants were announced with the Land Trust Alliance at a recent statewide land trust gathering celebrating New York’s commitment to protecting the environment. The Land Trust Alliance administers the Conservation Partnership Program in coordination with the DEC.
A total of 70 grants funded through New York’s Environmental Protection Fund will leverage an additional $2.2 million in private and local funding to support projects that protect water quality and farmland, boost public access for outdoor recreation and conserve important open space areas that will benefit community health, tourism and economic development. This combined funding will also help build the resiliency of lands to the changing climate and contribute to climate solutions by storing carbon. Recent research underscores the role that natural climate solutions will have in addressing risks associated with climate change.