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For Release: Monday, October 15, 2018

DEC Announces $135,000 to Establish and Maintain Hudson River's Scenic Vistas

Funding to Guide Conservation and Stewardship, Mitigate Impacts of Tree Clearing

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today the availability of $135,000 to help riverfront landowners and historic sites manage scenic vistas while protecting natural resources and wildlife habitat. Funding to support these grants is provided by the State's Environmental Protection Fund and administered by DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program in partnership with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) through a Request for Proposals (RFP).

"Governor Cuomo has prioritized preserving New York's natural resources, benefiting both the environment and creating new opportunities for locals and visitors to get outside," Commissioner Seggos said. "The Hudson Valley's breathtaking scenery has long been celebrated by artists and attracts visitors from around the world. These funds will help develop new and preserve existing scenic vistas for future generations to experience and enjoy while benefitting the state's growing recreation economy and communities along the Hudson River."

The funding will help shoreline landowners with conservation and stewardship of natural scenery and vistas while mitigating the impact of tree clearing on wildlife habitat. The grant recipient will produce a handbook or planning guide and provide associated training and outreach, as well as conduct two demonstration projects as case studies.

Susan Sullivan, NEIWPCC Executive Director, said, "NEIWPCC is pleased to be able to help landowners along the Hudson River shoreline protect vital habitat while ensuring that visitors can enjoy spectacular views."

The deadline for proposals is December 14, 2018, at 12 noon. The RFP and application is available (link leaves DEC's website) on NEIWPCC's website. General information about the RFP can be found on the DEC website.

In the 2018-19 State Budget, Governor Cuomo sustained the record-high Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) at $300 million for the third year in a row, providing funding for open space conservation, parkland stewardship, and other environmental protection projects.

The Hudson River Estuary Program helps people enjoy, protect, and revitalize the Hudson River and its valley. Created in 1987, the program focuses on the tidal Hudson and its adjacent watershed from the dam at Troy to the Verrazano Narrows in New York City.

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