$45k grant to Paul Smith’s VIC

PAUL SMITHS (AP) – The state parks office has awarded a three-year grant worth up to $45,000 to support ecology programs at the Adirondack Visitor Interpretive Center run by Paul Smith’s College.

The award will help the center in the northeastern Adirondacks support its Butterfly House, trails and other programs that showcase the ecology of the Adirondacks.

The Paul Smith’s visitor center and another in Newcomb were operated by the state for two decades, but former Gov. David Paterson cut funding in his 2010 budget. Paul Smith’s College agreed to take over the northern center and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry took over the Newcomb one.

Visits to the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center have increased by about 25 percent annually since summer 2011.