The Hudson Highlands Land Trust (HHLT) was the beneficiary of a small, much-needed slice of the $1.4 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants distributed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Land Trust Alliance. The HHLT was awarded a two-year Professional Staffing Grant that will be used to expand its membership and public policy coordinator position to full-time. “Our selection for this important grant has provided us with the opportunity to further transform our organization to better meet the needs of local residents who want to work with HHLT to
preserve their properties” said HHLT Executive Director Andy Chmar. “Additionally, our enhanced staff will allow HHLT to provide more robust support to local municipalities seeking our assistance in dealing with their challenging issues.”
The grants, funded through New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), enable local nonprofit land trusts to increase the pace, and ensure the permanence of voluntary conservation of private lands.