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Champlain Area Trails receives state funding

Champlain Area Trails

Champlain Area Trails

— Champlain Area Trails will receive one of the Conservation Partnership Program grants awarded to non-profit land trusts across the state, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Land Trust Alliance has announced.

The grant enables CATS to hire a communications director who will also assist with administration and fundraising.

The purpose of the grants is to increase the pace, improve the quality and ensure the permanence of voluntary conservation of private lands.

Champlain Area Trails, whose office is in Westport, is developing trails in New York’s Champlain Valley to link communities, connect people with nature, and promote economic vitality.

The grant to CATS of $50,000 over two years is one of 53 grants totaling $1.4 million awarded state-wide and funded through New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). These funds will be matched almost equally through private and local funding.

Since the Conservation Partnership Program began in 2002, it has awarded $6,677,500 in grants for 434 projects benefiting 79 different land trust organizations across the state and leveraged more than $13 million in additional funding.

For information, visit www.champlainareatrails.com or call 962-CATS (2287) or at info@champlainareatrails.com.

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