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Conservation & Natural Resources

The American Farmland Trust (AFT) informs Americans about the issues posed by rapid depletion of the nation’s farmland, the harmful effects of soil erosion, and other threats to the agricultural viability of the land. AFT undertakes projects, directly through cooperating organizations and individual landowners, which demonstrate farmland protection techniques, and assists farmland protection policy efforts and land use initiatives by local, state, and federal government.

American Farmland Trust, 1920 N. Street, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036 (202) 331-7300 Internet: http://www.farmland.org/

Northeastern Field Office:  (413) 586-9330  (413) 586-9330

The American Forestry Association (AFA) advocates the protection, wise management, and enjoyment of both rural and urban forest resources in America. Its objective is to maintain and improve the health and value of trees and forests throughout America and to attract and cultivate the interests of citizens, industry and government.

American Forestry Association P.O. Box 2000 Washington, DC 20013 (800) 368-5748 FAX (202) 667-7751

American Rivers works to preserve the nation’s outstanding rivers and riverscapes. It works to enlarge the national Wild and Scenic Rivers system; advocates for state river protection laws, hydroelectric power policy reform and public lands planning; and provides technical assistance to state and local river organizations.

American Rivers, 1025 Vermont Ave., NW, Suite 720, Washington, DC 20005 (202) 347-7550 Internet: http://www.amrivers.org

The Archaeological Conservancy is a national, nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to acquiring and permanently preserving the best of the nation’s remaining archaeological sites. To save these sites, the Conservancy acquires the property by purchase, gift, or bargain sale to charity, secures the property and stabilizes the cultural resources, prepares a management plan and dedicates the property as a permanent archaeological preserve, and educates the general public about the destruction of our cultural heritage and how best to save what is left. Members receive The Archaeological Conservancy Newsletter.

The Archaeological Conservancy, 5301 Central Ave., NE, Alburquerque, NM 87108-9899  (505) 266-1540  (505) 266-1540 , Internet: http://www.americanarchaeology.com

The Association of Towns of the State of New York was established in 1933 to help towns obtain greater economy and efficiency. The Association serves town governments by providing training programs, research and information services, technical assistance, legal services, computer software programs, insurance programs and a variety of publications to member towns. It represents town governments by providing advocacy in Albany, monitoring legislation and regulatory action, lobbying and presenting initiatives solely on behalf of towns. The Association gains all of its revenue from dues and activities and receives no State or federal assistance.

Association of Towns of New York State, 146 State Street, Albany, New York 12207 Tel  (518) 465-7933  (518) 465-7933 Fax (518) 465-0724 http://www.nytowns.org

The Coastal States Organization is a non-profit representative association for the governors of the 35 coastal states, commonwealths, and territories that border an ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, or a Great Lake. The purpose of the association is to provide a voice for the coastal states in the formulation, development, and implementation of national marine and coastal resource programs and policies. It serves as the national coordinator of Coastweeks, a national three-week observance of the coast. The organization also publishes a bi-monthly bulletin, the Washington Wire, a Coastweeks Calendar of Events, and special reports.

Coastal States Organization, Suite 322, 444 North Capitol Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001 (202) 508-3860 http://www.coastalstates.org

The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit organization, is dedicated to advancing land and water conservation with creative ideas and new resources. They provide specialized services ranging from land planning and acquisition to ecological assessment and communications support, and they analyze regulations, policies, and bills relating to natural resources and land use. The fund also publishes a bimonthly newsletter, Common Ground, and the bimonthly Land Letter, which discusses natural resource policy at the national level.

The Conservation Fund, 1800 North Kent Street, Suite 1120, Arlington, VA 22209 (703) 525-6300 Internet: http://www.conservationfund.org

The Environmental Defense Fund, Inc. (EDF) is a nationwide public interest organization of lawyers, scientists, and economists dedicated to protecting and improving environmental quality and public health. EDF pursues responsible reform of public policy in the fields of energy and resource conservation, toxic chemicals, water resources, air quality, land use, and wildlife, working through research and public education, and judicial, administrative, and legislative action.

Environmental Defense Fund, Inc. Headquarters: 257 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010 (212) 505-2100 Internet: http://www.edf.org

The Finger Lakes Land Trust is a non-profit community-based organization dedicated to protecting the natural integrity of the Finger Lakes region. By protecting key habitats and the region’s forests, farms and open spaces, the Land Trust provides many benefits for the public: clean air and water, plant and animal diversity, scenic views and opportunities to learn about and enjoy the natural world.

The Finger Lakes Land Trust, 202 East Court Street, Ithaca, NY 14850 Phone:  (607) 275-9487  (607) 275-9487 Fax: (607) 275-0037 Inernet: http://www.fingerlakeslandtrust.org

Friends of the Earth works to influence public policy, engages in research and litigation, and serves as a clearinghouse for information. The institute’s special areas of concern include groundwater protection, strip mining, nuclear waste, and coastal resources.

Friends of the Earth, 1025 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20005 (202) 783-7400 Internet: http://www.foe.org

The Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council was established in 1977 by a joint resolution approved by its eight original member counties, including Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates. Wyoming County was admitted in 1986. There are 33 voting members of the Council representing participating counties, the City of Rochester, and the minority community. These members include chief elected officials, local legislators, department heads, and key community leaders in the region. The primary functions of G/FLRPC include Regional Planning, Regional Economic Development, Strategic Planning, Program and Grant Development, Surveys, and Data, Technology, and Resource Center.

The Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council, 1427 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, New York 14618 Voice:  716-442-3770  716-442-3770 Fax: 716-442-3786 http://www.gflrpc.org/

The Institute for Environmental Negotiation provides neutral third-party mediation assistance to governments, businesses, and citizen groups in the settlement of land use, historic preservation, and environmental policy disputes. Institute for Environmental Negotiation, 164 Rugby Road, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (804) 924-1970 Internet: http://www.virginia.edu/~envneg/IEN.html

The Land Trust Alliance is the national organization of land trusts. The Alliance provides specialized services, publications, information, and training for land trusts and other conservation organizations, and works for public policies that advance land conservation.

The Land Trust Alliance, 1319 F Street, N.W. #501 Washington, DC 20004-1006  (202) 638-4725  (202) 638-4725 FAX: (202) 638-4730 Internet: http://www.lta.org

The Mineral Policy Center was founded in 1988 to bring environmental controls to the mining industry. The center directly assists local community groups working on mining problems, lobbies Congress and federal agencies, and works with the courts. It publishes Clementine, Journal of Responsible Mineral Development, and other bulletins.

Mineral Policy Center, 161 K St., NW, Suite 808 Washington, DC 20006 (202) 887-1872 Internet: http://www.mineralpolicy.org

The National Association of Service and Conservation Corps (NASCC) is a nonprofit education association made up of conservation and service corps operating in states and cities. It serves as an information exchange network for members concerning conservation corps administration and management, promotes conservation and service values among staff and corpsmembers, offers technical assistance to those interested in launching new corps, and promotes establishment of federal, state, and local programs. NASCC sponsors an annual national conference and regional seminars and workshops for youth corps advocates and related youth service programs.

National Association of Service and Conservation Corps, 666 Eleventh St., N.W. Washington, DC 20001 (202) 737-6272, Internet: http://www.nascc.org

The National Parks and Conservation Association (NPCA) is a private, citizen-funded organization devoted solely to defending, expanding, and conserving the National Parks. NPCA works as an ally and constructive critic of the National Park Service. The Park Education Center provides extensive information on our nation’s parks, while citizen action programs give citizens an opportunity to get personally involved in issues. Members of NPCA receive National Parks, a bi-monthly magazine.

National Parks and Conservation Association, 1300 Nineteenth St., NW, Suite 300 Vienna, VA 22184 (703) 790-4000, Internet: http://www.npca.org

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) functions as a nonprofit conservation education organization dedicated to creating and encouraging an awareness of the need for wise use and management of those resources upon which lives and welfare depend: soil, air, water, forests, minerals, plant and wildlife. NWF undertakes a conservation education program, distributes periodicals and educational materials, sponsors outdoor education programs in conservation, and litigates environmental disputes.

National Wildlife Federation, 8925 Leesburg Pike, Washington, DC 20036-2266  (202) 797-6800  (202) 797-6800 Internet: http://www.nwf.org

The Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. (NRDC) is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to protecting America’s endangered natural resources and to improving the quality of the human environment. The Council combines government agencies from various disciplines, bringing legal action and disseminating citizen information.

Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., 40 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011 (212) 727-2700, Internet: http://www.nrdc.org

The Nature Conservancy, an international environmental organization, works to protect the habitat of rare plants and animals. The Conservancy operates 50 state offices, regional and field offices, and maintains 1,100 nature preserves. It also publishes Nature Conservancy Magazine.

The Nature Conservancy, 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203-1606  (800) 628-6860  (800) 628-6860 or  (703) 841-5300  (703) 841-5300 , Internet: http://www.tnc.org

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has three main functions: natural resource management, environmental quality protection and the promotion of public health, safety and recreation. DEC protects, improves and conserves the state’s land,water, air, fish, wildlife and other resources to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people and their overall economic and social well-being.

NY State Department of Environmental Conservation, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12233-1011 518-485-8940 Fax 518-457-7744 Internet: http://www.dec.state.ny.us

State Divisions (for complete listing, see website): Fish and Wildlife  (518) 457-5690  (518) 457-5690 Marine Resources  (516) 444-0430  (516) 444-0430 Lands and Forests  (518) 457-2475  (518) 457-2475 Environmental Remediation  (518) 457-5861  (518) 457-5861 Recreation  (518) 457-2500  (518) 457-2500 Public Affairs and Education  (518) 457-0840  (518) 457-0840 Forest Rangers  (518) 457-5740  (518) 457-5740 Environmental Enforcement  (518) 457-4348  (518) 457-4348

The New York State Department of Transportation functions and duties generally are as follows: Coordinate and develop comprehensive transportation policy for the State; coordinate and assist in the development and operation of transportation facilities and service including highway, railroad, mass transit, port, waterway and aviation facilities and formulate and keep current a long-range, comprehensive statewide master plan for the balanced development of commuter and general transportation facilities, both public and private.

NYS Department of Transportation, Governor Harriman State Campus, Building 5, Albany, NY 12232 (518) 457-6195 Internet: http://www.nysdot.gov

Technical Services Division  (518) 457-4445  (518) 457-4445

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, is more than parks and historic sites. OPRHP sponsors concerts and arts, fairs and festivals, sports and athletics for people of all ages and abilities, boating and snowmobiling programs, nature study and outreach programs. OPRHP grants programs provide assistance for boating and snowmobiling enforcement, aid to zoos, botanical gardens and aquariums. OPRHP administers funds for federal historic preservation and park programs and the 1986 New York State Environmental Quality Bond Act, the Environmental Protection Fund and the 1996 Clean Water / Clean Air Bond Act.

NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Albany, New York 12238 (518) 474-0456 or (518) 486-1899  (518) 486-1899 (TDD) Internet: http://nysparks.state.ny.us

New York Rural Water Association (NYRWA) is a not-for-profit organization organized in 1979 with the goal of promoting the formation, improvement, and sound operation of rural water and wastewater systems throughout New York State. Recently, the New York Rural Water Association has expanded its scope to offer training, technical, and administrative assistance to rural communities on solid waste management matters as well. NYRWA is affiliated with the National Rural Water Association, the largest member utility organization in the nation, with over 18,000 members.

New York Rural Water Association, P.O. Box 487, Claverack, NY 12513 Phone:  (518) 828-3155  (518) 828-3155 Fax: (518) 828-0582, Internet: http://www.nyruralwater.org

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), a nonprofit organization, is devoted to converting abandoned railroad rights-of-way into trails for public use. In partnership with citizen groups, public agencies, railroads, and others, the Conservancy is working to build a transcontinental trailway network. RTC’s program includes technical assistance, public education, advocacy, negotiation, legislation, and regulatory action. Publications such as the Citizen’s Manual, Legal Manual, and the newsletter Trailblazer, in addition to conferences and statewide meetings, keep advocates up to date on rail-trail regulations and procedures.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 1100 17th Street, NW, 10th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20036 (202) 331-9696 FAX (202) 331-9680 Internet: http://www.railtrails.org

The Trust for Public Land (TPL), a nonprofit organization with twelve offices located throughout the U.S., is a network of experts in real estate negotiation, finance, and law, dedicated to protecting land for the public’s use and enjoyment. Neither a membership nor advocacy group, TPL assists public agencies, landowners, and citizens’ groups to protect land of recreational, historic, and scenic value. Its projects range from lot-sized neighborhood gardens to vast additions to forests, parks, and national recreation areas.

The Trust for Public Land, 116 New Montgomery Street, Fourth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 (415) 495-4014, Internet: http://www.tpl.org

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