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Conservation Easement Statutes
Conservation easements in the state are authorized by New York State Environmental Conservation Law §49-0301 et seq. 

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Conservation Easement Tax Credit
New York State Tax Law §22-606 authorizes a conservation easement tax credit a for a landowner that is subject to a conservation easement held by a public or private conservation agency for 25% of the allowable school district, county and town real property taxes on such land, up to $5,000. The tax credit is non-transferable and applies in addition to federal tax benefits.

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Open Space Conservation Plan
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) prepare the state’s Open Space Conservation Plan.  The Plan, intended to serve as a blueprint for the state’s land conservation efforts, contains:

•  “A description of programs and policies that affect the conservation of the state's open space resources; 
•  Major conservation successes accomplished under the plan; 
•  A list of priority projects; evaluation and criteria used to determine Environmental Protection Fund spending priorities; and 
•  Recommendations by the Regional Advisory Committee, local governments and partnerships, the public, DEC, OPRHP and other department staff, and the Governor's Quality Communities Task Force to improve New York's open space conservation program.”

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Environmental Protection Fund
The Environmental Protection Fund was created in 1993 as a dedicated annual funding source for capital projects that directly benefit the state’s land, air and water. It funds open space preservation, farmland protection, zoos, botanical gardens and aquaria, state land stewardship, invasive species programs, and pollution prevention programs. The annual allocation of funds among programs is subject to executive and legislative agreement.

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Farmland Protection Program
The Farmland Protection program (New York State Agriculture and Markets Law §25-AAA) of the Department of Agriculture and Markets assists county governments in developing agricultural and farmland protection plans to “maintain the economic viability of the state's agricultural industry and its supporting land base.”  The program also provides aid to local governments in implementing their farmland protection plans through the acquisition of conservation easements.

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Protection of Heritage Trees
New York S.B. 4637 of 2007 prohibits the removal of heritage trees except in emergency and safety situations and regulates placement of heavy equipment and roads within proximity to heritage trees and old growth forests.

S.B. 4637 of 2007
​§ 45-0105

Saint Laurence River Basin Water Resources Compact:
New York S.B. 4324 of 2007 implements the Great Lakes - Saint Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. The law creates a water resources council and prohibits new and increased diversions from the basin, except under certain conditions. 

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council (Compact Council) was established on December 8, 2008, when the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact became State and federal law. Each of the eight Great Lakes State legislatures ratified the Compact and Congress provided its consent the accord.

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council
c/o Council of Great Lakes Governors
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2700
Chicago, Illinois 60606
(312) 407-0177
(312) 407-0038 (fax)

S.B. 4324 of 2007
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Conservation Efforts
In 1993, the New York State Environmental Protected Fund was established to provide "mechanisms for open space conservation and land acquisition." This is funded from a portion of revenue from the New York State Bluebird License Plate.

New York State Environmental Protection Fund

State Contact Information

Military Liaison POC
Mr. James M. Huelle, Director
Government and Community Affairs Office
Division of Military and Naval Affairs
330 Old Niskayuna Road
Latham, New York 12110-2224
(518) 786-4580
(518) 786-4325 fax

Adjutant General
Brigadier General Patrick A. Murphy
Division of Military and Naval Affairs
330 Old Niskayuna Road
Latham, New York  12110-2224
(518) 786-4502
(518) 786-4325 fax

Legislative Process Regarding Military POCs
The Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs, in addition to the House Committee on State-Federal Relations and the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, hold primary jurisdiction over military affairs issues in New York.

Committees of Primary Jurisdiction/Legislative Contact
Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs
Senator Greg Ball, Chair
Legislative Office Building, Room 817
Albany, New York 12247 
(518) 455-3111 
(518) 426-6977 fax

Assembly Task Force on State-Federal Relations
Assemblyman Matthew Titone, Chair
Legislative Office Building 643
Albany, New York 12248
(518) 455-4677

Assembly Committee on Veteran Affairs
Assembly member Michael Benedetto, Chair
Legislative Office Building, Room 841
Albany, New York 12248
(518) 455-5296