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October 5, 2011

Grants awarded to improve forests

UPPER DELAWARE BASIN — Two dozen landowners across three states will share more than $175,000 in Common Waters Fund grants to develop forest management plans and implement sustainable management practices that protect water quality. The awards were distributed in September by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation.

“The investments we make now to help landowners maintain their forest lands upstream will pay us back in clean water for years to come,” said Susan Beecher, executive director of the Pike County Conservation District and Upper Basin Coordinator for the Common Waters Fund.

“We need to strengthen our connections between the forests that provide much of the nation’s drinking water and the people who drink it,” said Carlton Owen, president and CEO of the endowment. “Now is the time to invest in the green infrastructure that provides us with clean water and other benefits such as flood protection.”

The Common Waters Fund offers resources for landowners who want to maintain their land as forest, allowing them to work with knowledgeable local foresters to improve the value of their forests and to help facilitate the forests’ inherent ability to filter drinking water for 15 million people downstream. The fund is now working to attract investors interested in sustaining the program beyond its initial two-year pilot phase.

The next application deadline for the Common Waters Fund is November 1. Visit www.commonwaters fund.org and apply for grants through its local partner offices.

Deputies to take over at school

MONTICELLO, NY — Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be assigned to fill the place of Village of Monticello Detective Luis Velasco at the Monticello School District.

Velasco had been removed from his position as school resource officer after the village and school had been unable to agree about how his compensation would be covered. The village wanted the school to virtually double the amount of compensation covered.

Sheriff’s office youth division officers will be stationed alternately at the high school and middle school, and will teach DARE classes in the elementary schools.

According to sheriff Mike Schiff, the officers will be provided to the schools free of charge.