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For Release: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Media Advisory for Today, April 19

DEC to Announce Grants for Land Trusts to Boost Tourism, Protect Farmland and Increase Recreational Opportunities Across the State

New York State's weeklong celebration of Earth Week continues today, April 19 with an announcement in Skaneateles by DEC Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos heralding Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Conservation Partnership Program grants for 55 nonprofit land trusts across the State. Representatives of the DEC and the Land Trust Alliance will unveil the grantees at Shotwell Memorial Waterfront Park in Skaneateles, in Onondaga County as part of Earth Week, a weeklong celebration of New York's commitment and accomplishments to protecting our environment, conserving open space and increasing access to the state's vast and magnificent natural resources.

Photo opportunity: Following announcement there will be a site visit to Finger Lakes Land Trust Hinchcliff Family Preserve (Skaneateles Lake), with a one mile hike.


Remarks will be given by:

  • DEC Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos
  • Andy Zepp, Executive Director, Finger Lakes Land Trust
  • Meredith Perreault, Executive Director, Central New York Land Trust
  • Gay Mills, executive director, Genesee Land Trust
  • Ethan Winter, Program, New York Land Trust Alliance

Additional partners in attendance include:

  • Other regional environmental and land trust organizations


Tuesday, April 19 at 11:00 a.m.


Shotwell Memorial Waterfront Park - West Genesee Street, Skaneateles, NY 13152

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