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A conservation leader reemerges; Delaware Highlands Conservancy earns esteemed accreditation


In addition to its ongoing educational outreach and partnerships with state and local governments and other non-profits, the land trust’s newly adopted strategic plan calls for increased focus on work in New York State, especially in Sullivan County, according to Belcamino. “We’re going to work with the NYS Department of Environmental Protection on land protection in the New York City watershed.”

Supporting the increased pace of its conservation work will be a new Land Protection Specialist, who will double the organization’s ability to address landowner inquiries and negotiate conservation easements. As well, the addition of an Outreach and Development Manager, a new position funded by a grant from LTA and the NYS Conservation Partnership Program, will help to articulate the value of conservation. “We’re poised for significant growth in our conservation activities within the community,” said Currier.

Currently, the conservancy collaborates with initiatives like Common Waters, the Pike Wayne Conservation Partnership, the Upper Delaware River Roundtable and Shop Local Save Land. Added Currier, “We continue to explore new ways to partner and combine resources with individuals, organizations and agencies to ensure our work is reflective and supportive of the needs of our community while being as efficient as possible.”

For more information on the DHC or to learn how to protect your land, email info@delawarehighlands.org or call 845/807-0535 (NY) or 570/226-3164 (PA).