The Governor and state Legislators wrapped up the 2013-14 state budget this week. Environmental spending was increased after years of a steady downward slide. Allocations for land acquisition for the state lands and state parks went up to $20 million and state land stewardship went up $16.6 million.

Invasive species remains low at $4.6 million.

Click here to see the full chart for $153 million in the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.

The $20 million for land protection will help to purchase some of the Nature Conservancy lands show below.

See more about these lands here. Read about state ownership and classification here and here.

Hudson River, above confluence with Indian River

Blue Ledges, Hudson River Gorge, picture by Melody Thomas