Hey LTA! You Made Our Day!

We’re pretty lucky to have a great group of supporters who pitch in towards our work in lots of ways. A quick shout-out, though, to one special partner – the Land Trust Alliance! LTA is a national association of land trusts and other conservation organizations, and here in New York they work with the Department of Environmental Conservation to administer a special grant program called the New York State Conservation Partnership Program.

Over the past five years, the Kingston Land Trust is proud to have won support through this program several times. Back in 2011, we received our first grant to support the Kingston Rail Trail project, the earliest precursor to the Kingston Greenline. Subsequently, the LTA’s support has helped us in many ways, such as:

  • Completing surveys of the City-owned Ulster & Delaware railroad corridor, to prepare for conversion to a rail trail;
  • Engaging the entire Kingston community in a visioning process that established the conceptual plan for the Kingston Greenline;
  • Enabling us to hire a consultant to complete the KLT’s first-ever strategic plan, and to develop a management plan that will guide our work to assist the City with maintenance and operations of the Kingston Greenline.

This year, LTA’s support will allow the KLT to hire a consultant to help with our ongoing communications and engagement efforts, which are a critical part of how we work to achieve our mission to activate Kingston’s public places. Over the next year, we’ll upgrade our web sites (www.kingstonlandtrust.org and www.kingstongreenline.org), redevelop the KLT brand, and spread the word about our work across a range of media.

Why is communicating and engaging so important? The LTA gets it – in order for us to be successful, we need people to understand the mission we’re pursuing. We need to advocate and educate our community about the benefits of active open spaces in a small city like Kingston – they contribute to a healthier, happier and wealthier community!

While we’re thrilled to have LTA’s support, we still need you, too! To do our daily work on the Kingston Greenline, in urban agriculture, or in protecting important open spaces in and around Kingston, we need volunteers and donors. And all of our grants require matching funds, for which we rely on individual contributors. So pitch in today, if you can!

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