Superstorm Sandy ravaged trees and greenery around various homes and neighborhoods in New York State, and we’re just beginning to see the long term damage some trees and shrubs suffered.
Thousands upon thousands of trees were lost, but we now have a chance to restore what was lost. Trees and shrubs help reduce storm water runoff, prevent soil erosion, provide habitat and shade, beautify the landscape and protect our shorelines.
This year, April 22 is Earth Day and April 26 is Arbor Day -- the perfect time to plant a tree to replace one that was lost.
On Thursday, April 24, Governor Cuomo announced $1.4 million
in Conservation Partnership Program grants for 50 nonprofit land trusts across
the state. Representatives of the Department of Environmental Conservation
(DEC) and the Land Trust Alliance unveiled the grantees at an event at Indian
Ladder Farms in Albany County as part of a weeklong celebration of Earth Day.
The grants, funded through the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), will be
matched by nearly $1.1 million in private and local funding and will support
projects to enhance public access and recreational opportunities, protect
farmland, and conserve open space.