Protecting vital habitat in the New York state parks
Audubon in the Parks is a new, collaborative initiative led by Audubon New York and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP). The partners are working together – along with local Audubon Chapter staff and volunteers – to enhance 120 acres of critical habitat for birds and other wildlife in New York’s state parks, while involving members of the public in their restoration and education efforts.
In a time of budget cuts and strain on state park systems, this novel collaboration is providing a model that can be used across the country to protect vital habitat while getting members of the public outdoors and building enthusiasm for conservation. The project team leaders have so far involved at least 5,000 New Yorkers in their parks-based conservation and education programs!