Through grants to local and national organizations, Iroquois helps to protect the land in which our pipeline passes and the wildlife that inhabit these areas. Some of the many projects we have funded through the Land Preservation and Enhancement Program (LPEP), Land Enhancement and Acquisition Fund (LEAF) and Iroquois’ Community Grant Program are described below.
Through Iroquois' LPEP and LEAF programs, TNC purchased land to preserve the unique natural community of the globally significant Albany Pine Bush Preserve in Albany County; improved access, restored wetlands and acquired easements to provide added protection to the rare freshwater tidal swamp at the Lewis A. Swyer Preserve in Columbia County; and completed an ecological restoration of the Roger Perry Memorial Preserve in Dutchess County. In Connecticut, TNC developed a Conservation Biology Research Program for the study of tidally influenced portions of the Housatonic and Connecticut Rivers and created a butterfly meadow at Sunny Valley Preserve wildlife habitat.
Ducks Unlimited (DU) is the world’s largest nonprofit wetlands, waterfowl and wildlife conservation organization, having conserved nearly 8 million acres of waterfowl habitat across North America. DU purchased a marsh excavator with an LPEP grant from Iroquois to fund the Fletcher Creek Tidal Wetland Restoration Project. The excavator restored 30 acres of tidal marsh located at Silver Sands State Park in Milford, CT improving habitat conditions for a number of fish and wildlife species. In addition, an Iroquois LEAF grant assisted DU in the conservation of 123 acres in New York State -- 57 acres in Montgomery County and 66 acres in Lewis County.
The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) works to conserve the natural character and environmental health of our communities by protecting and restoring the lands and waters throughout the entire 2,000 square mile, tri-state Housatonic River valley.
Iroquois’ Community Grant program has provided funding to the HVA for the development of the Housatonic River for Life Primer -- a free guidebook that teaches steps our neighbors can take to keep their rivers clean. It also provides details on the best spots for water-related recreational activities, such as riverside hikes.