- Associated Press - Saturday, June 28, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York is in line to receive funding from the U.S. Forest Service for a community forest.

The Rensselaer Plateau Community Forest is receiving $150,000 of the nearly $2.3 million in federal grants being doled out in eight states.

A 350-acre community forest will be created in the town of Poestenkill (POST-in-KILL), just across the Hudson River from the state capital of Albany.

The program’s goal is to conserve key parts of the nation’s forests for future generations, and to give Americans better access to the outdoors. It’s a key component of the president’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative.

The project also will help protect one of the most important watersheds in the Northeast.

The federal money will be matched with an additional $4.9 million from other partners on the projects.

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