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Funding to Further Buffer Zone Around Fort Drum Announced
By Joe Gullo
FORT DRUM, N.Y. - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $1 million in funding to protect the area around Fort Drum.
A press release says the state will work with U.S. Army to establish buffer areas around Fort Drum by acquiring easements on farms to prevent development outside the base that could impede training, such as helicopter landings, which require adequate space.
“The land around Fort Drum is vital to the training of our nation’s military as well as the economy of the North County, which is why New York is dedicated to protecting the base,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are proud to partner with the federal government to support the expansion and preservation of the buffer zones so that Fort Drum can continue to conduct critical military exercises and provide stable, good paying jobs for thousands of New Yorkers in the North Country.”
Approximately 3,500 acres around Fort Drum have been conserved since 1999 through the buffer zone. In addition to conserving land, the funding has been used for environmental offsets for wetlands and habitats.