DEC Pledges $650,000 In Conservation Grants
This includes, in PART, a $49,000 grant for the Moodna Creek Watershed and Schunnemunk Mt. watershed studies now being done in areas of Blooming Grove & Cornwall. Other local funding may be available as well for open space and PDR programs.
“We are delighted to extend our work with municipalities on open space planning to these towns on the west side of our beautiful Hudson Highlands,” said Michelle Smith, Executive Director of the Hudson Highlands Land Trust. “The Blooming Grove and Cornwall areas share many natural treasures including the Moodna Creek watershed, and Schunnemunk Mountain and its surrounding territory. We are grateful to the DEC Estuary Program for facilitating this much needed OSI project and we look forward to partnering with the towns, village and OCLT.”
“The Orange County Land Trust is proud to partner with the Hudson Highlands Land Trust to help promote and advance land conservation in the Hudson Highlands-Schunnemunk corridor and surrounding communities,” said Orange County Land Trust Executive Director Jim Delaune. “This Hudson River Estuary Program grant will enable local municipalities to develop an extensive plan that will ultimately protect water resources, habitats, and buffer lands in
this crucial region of the county.”
The DEC announced a total of more than $650,000 in grants on October 12, for projects that include providing river access, watershed planning, and open space and natural resource planning across the Hudson River estuary. Funding for the grants is provided by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund, NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program.
The Hudson Highlands Land Trust is a community-based, accredited, non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the natural resources, rural character, and scenic beauty of the Hudson Highlands. As part of that mission, HHLT works with municipalities to encourage growth principals that value long-range considerations of sustainability, equitably distribute the costs and benefits of development, and preserve a community’s character.
Cornwall Supervisor Richard Randazzo said “We are very pleased to receive the Hudson River Estuary Grant to create an Open Space Inventory that will provide vital information to support our comprehensive planning and help to educate the public on related issues such as protecting our water resources, farmlands, scenic beauty and recreational opportunities.”
“Since 74% of the Town of Blooming Grove’s revenue is from real property taxes and appropriated fund balance it is grants like this that enable us to do important things and not place all the burden on our taxpayers” stated Blooming Grove Supervisor Robert Fromaget. “I wish to thank the Hudson Highlands Land Trust, Orange County Land Trust and Deputy Supervisor Johanna Kiernan for their hard work in getting this grant.”
Those wishing more information may contact the Hudson Highlands Land Trust at 845-424-3358, visit http://www.hhlt.org and the Orange County Land Trust (OCLT) at http://www.oclt.org and at 845-534-3690