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For Release: Monday, February 25, 2013

Region 6 Open Space Advisory Committee Meeting Announced

A meeting date for the New York State Open Space Conservation Plan Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) has been scheduled, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Director Judy Drabicki announced today. DEC and the New State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation 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 6's five 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.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the DEC Lowville (Dadville) office, located at 7327 State Route 812, Lowville NY, 13367. The regional open space committee meetings are open to the public.

Questions about the New York State Open Space Conservation Plan, the 2009 Plan and the Advisory Committees can found on the DEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/317.html . Anyone with questions about this upcoming meeting can call the Watertown DEC Headquarters office at 315-785-2263.

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