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For Release: Wednesday, September 2, 2020

DEC Releases 'On the Front Lines' Videos Featuring Conservation Easement Specialists Allison Buckley and Conservation Easement Manager Peter D'luhosch

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos is proud to present the latest episodes of "On the Front Lines," the agency's video series profiling staff and their work to conserve the environment, protect New York's natural resources, and serve the public. The latest episodes feature Allison Buckley and Peter D'Luhosch.

"We are proud of DEC's 'One the Front Lines' series, which gives the public a behind-the-scenes look at the great work of our dedicated employees across the state to preserve and protect the environment for generations to come," Commissioner Seggos said. "It is an opportunity for New Yorkers to learn more about the issues we tackle in their communities so that we can all reap the benefits of a healthy environment. A special thanks to our latest profiles, Allison Buckley and Peter D'Luhosch, for their work to protect our conservation easement land."

The latest episodes featuring Allison Buckley and Peter D'Luhosch of DEC's Division of Lands and Forests can be viewed on the agency's YouTube channel. The videos were filmed in cooler weather prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now a Saratoga County resident, Buckley grew up in Tupper Lake and always had a passion for the outdoors. She earned an environmental science degree at SUNY Plattsburgh. She then went on to Vermont Law School where she earned a master's in environmental law and policy. She's been with DEC for seven years.

D'Luhosch grew up in Dutchess County and now lives in St. Lawrence County. He earned an environmental studies degree at St. Lawrence University. He then earned a master's in forest and natural resource management from SUNYESF. He's been with DEC since 2008. He began as a SUNY Research Foundation Contractor and was later hired as an Environmental Program Specialist.

Conservation easement is a voluntary, legal agreement that protects the natural resources of a parcel of land by restricting future land use and/or development on the property. Buckley works with land owners and manages 115,000 acres of conservation easement land in three counties, including 40 miles of roads, 146 miles of snowmobile trails, and four campsites with tent platforms.

In his free time, D'Luhosch is an avid backpacker, paddler and cyclist. He's also an Adirondack 46er, a hiker who has climbed all 46 of the High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. One of his biggest accomplishments is the work done at the Tooley Pond Conservation Easement in St. Lawrence County. D'Luhosch formalized the trail and made it as erosion-proof as possible so more people can use it.

Buckley is especially proud of the work done at the Archers Vly, part of Lake Desolation State Forest. It features ADA access for parking and a boat launch. She points out DEC provides high quality recreation for anyone who wants to get outside.

A newer challenge is climate change. Even in January, the ground is not as frozen as it used to be, but D'Luhosch considers himself fortunate to work for New York, a state that takes climate change so seriously.

Learn more about Allison Buckley, Peter D'Luhosch, and other DEC employees by visiting "On the Front Lines," posted regularly on DEC's YouTube channel. Also check out DEC's Facebook and Twitter pages.

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