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For Release: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Open Space Plan Regional Advisory Committee Meetings Announced

Meeting dates for the New York State Open Space Conservation Plan Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) members have been scheduled, announced NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Director Paul D'Amato today. DEC and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP) are co-lead agencies of the New York's Open Space Conservation Plan, a plan that serves as a blueprint for the State's land conservation efforts to increase protection of the State's significant natural, scenic, recreational, historic and cultural resources

It is required by law to revise the plan every three years to adapt to shifting conservation priorities. There are 21 RAC members that include representatives from each of Region 8's eleven counties as well as at-large members. They are charged with providing input to update the previous Open Space Conservation Plan and will identify the types and locations of open space resources and various open space conservation tools and methods. In addition, the regional committee will provide recommendations on policies, such as stewardship, and regulations.

Meetings are scheduled to take place every three weeks from 1 to 3 p.m. at a location within DEC Region 8. The next meeting is scheduled for February 20 and will take place at Sampson State Park. March 13, April 3, April 24 and May 22 are the scheduled dates for future committee meetings with meeting locations to be determined. Contact the DEC Region 8 office for more information on logistics.

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