Resolution J3367-2013

Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust

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  • Feb 4, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Feb 4, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 30, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Brook-
lyn Queens Land Trust

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize that the
quality and character of life in the communities across New  York  State
are enhanced by the concerned and dedicated efforts of organizations and
individuals  who  generously  contribute  to  the  beautification of the
community and well-being of its citizenry; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the 10th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust; and
  WHEREAS, The Land Trust Alliance is a national organization founded 25
years ago to save the places people love by strengthening land conserva-
tion in America; and
  WHEREAS, The national conservation community is now 1.5 million people
strong who work to permanently save our  most  valued  natural  resource
across America; and
  WHEREAS,  The  many  millions  of  acres  saved  are made up of farms,
historic sites, mountains, forests, rivers, wetlands and urban  gardens;
while  the Alliance set out to save land, in the end they build communi-
ty, preserve beauty and instill hope; and
  WHEREAS, New York State has 97 land trusts with  170,000  acres  owned
and  more  than 800,000 acres conserved by other means such as easements
for a total of almost 1,000,000 acres; and
  WHEREAS, The Alliance in New  York  has  proactively  and  effectively
steered  state Environmental Protection Funds (EPF) to support community
gardens in Brooklyn and Queens, and other metropolitan areas around  the
state including Buffalo, Albany and Kingston; and
  WHEREAS,  Through the Conservation Partnership Program /EPF grants and
targeted technical assistance, the Alliance is working to  increase  the
quality,  and ensure the permanence of community open space conservation
across the State; the Land Trust Alliance administers  the  Conservation
Partnership  program  in coordination with the New York State Department
of Environmental Conservation; and
  WHEREAS, The Brooklyn Queens  Land  Trust,  an  urban  community-based
organization, stands out as the owner of 32 community gardens spread out
over  16  different neighborhoods; 26 gardens in the borough of Brooklyn
and six in Queens; and
  WHEREAS, Under the able direction of Demetrice Mills, President of the
Brooklyn Queens Land Trust,  the  organization  engaged  in  a  two-year
effort and extensive fundraising to be able to add another garden; and
  WHEREAS,  After  the deed was signed in December of 2013, the Brooklyn
Queens Land Trust BQLT is now the proud owner of  33  community  gardens
which encompass 3.5 acres of open space; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Brooklyn  Queens  Land  Trust boasts 600 board members,
gardeners and supporters who value and enjoy  their  small  sanctuaries;
and
  WHEREAS,  This  auspicious  occasion presents a unique opportunity for
this Legislative Body to recognize and pay tribute to the Friends of the
Brooklyn Queens Land Trust; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when  organiza-
tions and individuals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought
to  our attention, they should be recognized by all the citizens of this
great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the 10th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust; and
be it further

  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Demetrice Mills, President, Brooklyn Queens Land Trust.

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