Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants from U.S. Forest Service

The United States Forest Service has announced a grant funding opportunity for urban forestry projects in the Great Lakes Basin. Organizations active in the watershed of the Great Lakes, including Towns, Villages, and non-profits, are eligible to apply for projects to:

  • Restore urban and community forests ($120,000 total available)
  • Mitigate emerald ash borer impacts ($1,000,000 total available)
  • Reduce toxic substances in brownfield sites ($1,200,000 total available)
  • Develop ecosystem service markets ($100,000 total available)

For more information, visit the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) program webpage at:

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Cycling the Erie Canal Bike Tour

Bicycle tour departingJuly 13-20, 2014
Buffalo to Albany

Have you noticed the all bicycles passing through Montezuma, Port Bryon, and Weedsport in previous Julys? Why not join them this year?

Riding the Canal TrailJoin people of all ages and from all over the country on July 13-20, 2014 for the 16th annual 8-day, 400-mile, Cycling the Erie Canal bike tour across New York State along the scenic and historic Erie Canal, named a National Heritage Corridor. Enjoy great scenery, interesting history, and unparalleled cycling. You’ll experience the canal and enjoy canal historians’ stories about the people, places and things that made life along the Erie Canal so unique in its day and so important to the history of New York State and the country.

The tour is scheduled to pass through Cayuga County on the morning of Wednesday, July 16. Ride along, or come wave from the trail side!

Find registration and everything you need to know online at:
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Conservation Easement Workshop, June 11 at Montezuma NWR

Having trouble deciding how to conserve the lands and waters you own? Are you looking to preserve your family land for future generations, but are unsure of your options?

The Finger Lakes Land Trust is hosting a conservation easement workshop in the Visitor Center at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) on Wednesday, June 11 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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Recycle Residential Tires! Tire Round-Up June 21

Tire Round-Up for Cayuga County Residents

8:30 am – 12 noon, Saturday, June 21, 2014
Natural Resource Center, 7413 County House Road, Auburn, New York

Recycle your old tires.

  • Up to 40 tires per household.
  • Tires on and off rims are accepted.

$1.00 per tire up to 30 inch height (outside diameter).
$5.00 per tire 31 to 36 inch height (outside diameter).

No businesses please!
Are you a farm or business with excess tires? Please contact CCE of Cayuga County at (315) 255-1163.

For more information, call (315) 255-1183 or email

Sponsored by:
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County
Cayuga Department of Planning & Economic Development
Cayuga County Soil & Water Conservation District
Cayuga Recycles: Cayuga County Solid Waste Management Department

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Where Canal Meets Commercial Corridor, June 18 in Buffalo

Where Canal Meets Commercial Corridor

Where Canal Meets Commercial Corridor:

Unlocking Entrepreneurial Opportunities in your Downtown

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Hotel @ The Lafayette, Buffalo, NY

A spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship built the Erie Canal and spurred growth in New York State and the nation. Attend this one-day session to learn about the today’s “Maker Movement” and opportunities for downtown revitalization in the 21st century.

Representatives from First Batch and the Urban Manufacturing Alliance will join Main Street expert Kennedy Smith of The CLUE Group, LLC to offer new strategies and to help facilitate a solution-oriented dialogue for downtown investment opportunities.  Join us for an exciting day of presentations, conversation and networking!

To register, visit

Or contact Hannah Blake by phone at (518) 237-7000, ext. 202 or by email to

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor