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A community garden project similar to those the land grants will fund in urban areas such as New York City, Kingston, and Buffalo. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/18378305@N00/7253093548/">Swire</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A community garden project similar to those the land grants will fund in urban areas such as New York City, Kingston, and Buffalo. Photo: Swire, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

$1.4M in grants to land trusts in NY

ALTAMONT, N.Y. (AP) New York conservation officials have announced $1.4 million in grants to 50 nonprofit land trusts around the state.

The Environmental Protection Fund grants are expected to generate $1.1 million in matching private and local funds to protect farmland, conserve open space and improve public access and recreation.

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Projects include urban trails and community gardens in New York City, Kingston and Buffalo.

Grants range from $2,450 to $75,000.

Regionally, 22 awards total $425,300 for the Hudson Valley, with 14 for $349,650 in the greater Albany area and 11 totaling $307,700 in northern New York.

Another nine grants total $145,800 for western New York, the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier, with $81,000 for three in New York City, two for $78,000 in central New York and one for $30,000 on Long Island.

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