NYS Assembly passes Grassland bird bill!

ALBANY Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) announced the passage of legislation on Monday that will benefit grassland birds and the Washington County towns they call home.

The legislation authorizes New York State to pay taxes on lands it owns in the Washington County Grasslands IBA (Important Bird Area) towns of Fort Edward, Argyle and Kingsbury. This critical wildlife habitat is managed by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to benefit state endangered Short-eared owls and other threatened and at-risk grassland birds.

“The state pays taxes on preserved lands in the Adirondacks and Catskills,” said Woerner.  “It’s only fair that Washington County receive this benefit as well.”

“It’s a small bill that will reap big benefits for grassland bird conservation in New York State,” said FIBA Executive Director Laurie LaFond. “We’d like to thank Assemblywoman Woerner for helping us get the Assembly bill passed this year.”

Special thanks to Audubon New York and Adirondack Mountain Club for joining us in lobbying for the bill this year, and thanks to all our members who contacted Assembly leaders and members to urge their support!

FIBA would also like to acknowledge our partners who signed onto our letter of support: Agricultural Stewardship Association, Open Space Institute, New York State Ornithological Association, Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County, Brooklyn Bird Club and Adirondack Wildlife Refuge & Rehab Center.

“It was thanks to FIBA’s efforts that this passed,” said Woerner.