Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. recently announced that the Peconic Land Trust has been awarded a $40,000 grant through New York’s Conservation Partnership Program.
According to its website, the Peconic Land Trust, one of 55 nonprofit land trusts in New York State to receive the grant, works to conserve Long Island’s working farms, natural lands and heritage for future generations. The grant will help the organization protect existing farmland, wildlife habitat and water quality as well as help to enhance public access for outdoor recreational opportunities.
The grants help local land trusts sustain and expand community and landowner outreach initiatives and develop an array of land conservation and education programs. In addition, grants offer room for regional economic growth by strengthening partnerships with local and state governments and advancing efforts to protect working farms and to enhance public access and recreation opportunities.