MAMARONECK, N. Y. -- Westchester Land Trust officials announced that the agency has been awarded a $55,000 grant for restoration work at Otter Creek Preserve, one of 25 grants to New York and Connecticut community groups for projects to improve the health of Long Island Sound.
Awarded through the Long Island Sound Futures Fund, the grant is part of a program to pool together funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, officials said. Westchester Land Trust officials plan to match the grant with $33,000 on a project to restore 12 acres of coastal forest at Otter Creek Preserve in Mamaroneck.
Westchester Land Trust officials said the project will improve the wildlife habitat for 100 species of migratory and forest-dwelling birds, as well as improve natural health of the area.
The awards announcement was made at a Nov. 14 public event at the Mamaroneck Town Center Courtroom attended by government and conservation leaders at the local, state and federal level, including U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel, a Democrat representing New York's 16th district and U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, a Democrat representing New York's 17th district.
“Estuaries like the Long Island Sound are among our nation’s most precious natural resources," said U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, who has offices in White Plains and New City. "Since 2005, the Long Island Sound Futures Fund has provided millions of dollars for projects to protect the sound, restoring valuable habitats, and cleaning polluted waters.”
Officials said 2016 grants will collectively benefit more than 395,000 people through education programs and treat more than one million gallons of water pollution.