Department of Environmental Conservation
Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Selected Acquisition Practices Under the Open Space
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Under New York State’s Open Space Conservation Plan, the State
acquires parcels of land to help protect water quality, promote outdoor recreation
and achieve other conservation goals. We examined land acquisitions made under
the Plan by the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Office of
Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. We found that the two agencies
generally complied with statutory and other requirements in their land acquisitions.
However, the agencies used different approaches in arriving at a price offered
to sellers, and did not document the reasons why particular third-party intermediaries
were used for certain acquisitions. We recommended that the agencies work
to establish uniform price-offer practices and fully document why third-party
intermediaries are involved in acquisitions. We also recommend that the Office
of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation develop an automated information
system for tracking acquisitions made under the Open Space Conservation Plan.
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For a copy of the OPRHP 90-day response click here.