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Marshlands Conservancy, Rye

The Parks will stay!

The Westchester Board of Legislators (BOL) restored funds in the 2012 county budget  to keep six nature centers open as well as the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester.  (See our previous coverage.)

According to the Board, after a day and night of negotiations with members of the BOL’s Republican caucus and with County Executive Astorino, the BOL’s 2012 County Budget was passed by a vote of 16-1.

In addition to restoring funds for the nature centers, the BOL also saved other community environmental programs including capital project funding for bridge repairs and flood mitigation, restoring funding for the Greenburgh Nature Center, and the County’s deer management program.

This budget now goes to the County Executive who may veto any additions to the budget or the entire thing, and has 5 days to decide. A final budget must be accepted by Dec. 27.

Coming up at the Marshlands:

Birdfeeders Made Easy-– how to make them and which ones attract interesting birds. Sunday Dec. 11 at 2 PM.

Survival in the Woods!—  A naturalist will show you what to do if you get stuck in the woods! Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2 PM.

Photo credit: Don Sutherland

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