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View of upland forest, looking through the trees

NYSDEC awarded $1,035,340 in Community Forest Conservation grants to four Capital Region, Hudson Valley, and Long Island towns. The grant program provides funding to communities to protect forest resources of local…

Screenshot of DEC Delivers enews "RiverNet" News from the Hudson River Estuary Program with bulleted list of content in this issue, focusing on Conserving Natural Areas in the Hudson Valley

This issue of RiverNet, a weekly enewsletter from the DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program, features 2023 highilghts of the Conservation and Land Use Team's work with municipalities, land trusts, and volunteers in the…

View into tops of trees in an upland forest in spring. By L. Heady

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that applications are now being accepted for a total of $12.9 million for urban and community forestry projects through the Inflation Reduction Act funding opportunity.

northern long-eared bat hanging upside down from a rocky overhang

In observance of the internationally recognized Bat Week, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos encouraged outdoor enthusiasts to refrain from visiting caves and mines during the fall and winter months. Bats' health is…

Landscape view of pond with vegetation on the shoreline and blue sky.

This November Chatham voters will decide whether to create the first Community Preservation Fund in the county. The fund would be dedicated to helping to preserve land from development in order to protect the rural…

White turtlehead in flower with a lake behind the flowers and a blue sky with clouds overhead.

DEC and DOH announced the availability of free technical assistance for municipalities to protect public drinking water supplies through the Drinking Water Source Protection Program (DWSP2). The multi-agency…

Winter view of a large waterfall cascading down icy rocks into water, with a wooded slope beyond the falls.

The Land Trust Alliance, with support from the DEC, is pleased to announce a twentieth round of competitive land trust grants through the New York State Conservation Partnership Program. This successful public-…

View of expansive forest in the Hudson Highlands

The Philipstown Town Board last week unanimously enacted a law allowing the town to protect land of natural or historical value by buying it or helping property owners save it through conservation easements or…

Cover of NYS Open Space Conservation Plan

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos and State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid announced the start of the New York State Open Space Conservation Plan update process. As required by law, the Plan is updated periodically,…

Cover of Philipstown Community Preservation Plan with large photo of a meadow with woods and forested slopes in the distance.

The Philipstown Town Board voted unanimously on August 3 to adopt the community preservation plan completed in 2022 and add a law to the town code, with a public hearing scheduled for September 7.

View of meadow under cloudy sky - Photo by L Heady

The Orange County Planning Department, in partnership with Orange County Land Trust, is updating the County’s Open Space Plan and holding public input meetings. Attendees will be able to engage in small groups,…

View into tops of trees in an upland forest in spring. By L. Heady

$1 million in grants is available for municipal forest acquisition. Costs eligible for reimbursement and match may include purchase price, appraisal, survey, and boundary line marking, title search, owner's title…