Federal funding fuels private lands projects

Two North American Wetlands Conservation Act grants led by the Thousand Islands Land Trust and Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust are supporting multiple wetland restoration and protection projects across the state.

Clayton, New York

  • 178 acres of private land in the town of Clayton in the St. Lawrence River watershed will be enrolled into a new conservation easement with 15 acres of wetland restoration on the property slated for this fall.  A conservation easement is a way to preserve property with conservation or historic wildlife value while keeping the property in its natural and undeveloped state while still maintaining private ownership of the property. Completion: Fall 2016 Total cost: $122,000.

Batavia, New York

  • Property 1: 87 acres of existing degraded wetland will be enhanced through reconstruction of an old berm, installation of two new water control structures and channeling and potholing to open up areas of invasive plants. Completion: Fall 2017 Total cost: $100,000.
  • Property 2: 45 acres of old agriculture field will be restored to wetland habitat through berm construction and placement of a water control structure to enhance management for the benefit of wildlife through improved wetland function. Completion: Fall 2016 Total cost: $100,000.

 March 2016