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Open Space Funding from the Environmental Protection Fund

fisherman wadingCreated in 1993, the New York State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) provides mechanisms for open space conservation and land acquisition.

  • Title 7 allocates funds to the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for purchase of land to be included in the Forest Preserve, State Parks, the State Nature and Historical Preserve, State Historic Sites, Unique Areas and other categories.
  • Title 9 provides funds for local governments and not-for-profit organizations to purchase park lands or historic resources as well to develop and preserve these resources. Within the Adirondack and Catskill Parks the Department of Environmental Conservation administers the Title 9 grant program through the Division of Lands and Forests, Bureau of Public Lands.

A portion of the revenue from New York State Bluebird License Plates supports the EPF.

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