Monday, July 3, 2023

Morgan Duke Conservation Society receives grant to continue environmental protection efforts

Park and Trail Partnership Program grants awarded

Walden, NY – Morgan Duke Conservation Society was awarded a $5,789 matching grant from the Environmental Protection Fund’s Park and Trail Partnership Grants program to get resources for volunteers so they can continue protect the environment at the Hudson River Special Management Area in Lake George Wild Forest in Lake Luzerne New York. The grant will help provide volunteers with safety orange uniform shirts, custom made patches for the shirts that will be designed and made from local business Adirondack Patch Co, community event pop up safety signs and a custom logo EZ-up tent for the community clean up events.

The grant is one of 28 awards totaling $1.8 million (the highest amount awarded in the Park and Trail Partnership Grant program’s 8-year history) for organizations dedicated to the stewardship and promotion of New York’s state parks and historic sites, trails, and public lands. The grants will be matched with private and local funding and will support projects to strengthen Friends groups and enhance public access and recreational opportunities.

Friends groups—nonprofit organizations often made up entirely of volunteers—are essential to the stewardship and promotion of our state park system. These dedicated groups raise private funds for capital projects, perform maintenance tasks, provide educational programming, and promote public use through hosting special events.

The Park and Trail Partnership Grants are administered by Parks & Trails New York, a statewide non-profit organization, in partnership with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

Parks & Trails New York Executive Director Paul Steely White said, “These grants are like rich organic fertilizer for growing the grassroots movement to improve New York’s parks, trails, historic sites, and public lands.  Accessible kayak launches, bridge repairs, strategic planning and youth education are just a few examples of the newly funded projects that will bring more nature and more joy to more New Yorkers.”

Morgan Duke Conservation Society protects the environment at the Hudson River Special Management Area known as Buttermilk & Bear Slides in Lake Luzerne, New York, under the supervision of NYSDEC through a Volunteer Stewardship Agreement.

Hudson River Special Management Area is a high-use recreation area in Lake George Wild Forest, part of the Adirondack Forest Preserve. During the summer months, people visit here to tube down the Hudson River, camp and hike on the many trails throughout the area. Hudson River, Special Management Area, faces heavy impact from human activity, including the littering that occurs here; when the litter is not picked up frequently, the rubbish increases, harming the environment, wildlife, and waterways.

On behalf of Morgan Duke Conservation Society, we would like to thank many supporters who have donated and also we would like to thank many supporters who have sent in letters of support including Assembly Member Matthew Simpson (District 114), New York State Senator Daniel Stec (45th Senate District) and Paul M. the 1992 River Steward Chief for the Hudson River Special Management Area. Morgan Duke Conservation Society and volunteer steward James Sullivan would like to thank all the volunteers who have been working very hard protecting the environment and wildlife at the Hudson River Special Management Area.

To view a list of all Round 8 awardees, please visit:

More information on Park and Trail Partnership Grants can be found at or by calling 518-434-1583 x3.


Photo at top: Parks & Trails New York website photo.

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