WASHINGTON – Allegany State Park received a $875,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund grant from the National Park Service to upgrade its underground high-voltage electrical system for reducing power outages and delivering more efficient energy use.

"We are extremely pleased to have received support under the Land and Water Conservation Fund to upgrade the electric system these visitors and our staff rely on,” Jay Bailey, regional director of the Allegany Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, said.

Bailey noted that the park is the largest camping park in the New York State Park System, offering year-round accommodations to more than 1 million visitors annually.

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Rep. Tom Reed announced the grant Friday.

“We care about ensuring our friends and neighbors have fair and safe access to the incredible natural resources our communities offer,” Reed said. “This grant enables Allegany State Park to upgrade their electrical system and maintain their high quality of service to the area."

Reed called the Land and Water Conservation Fund "an essential tool for protecting our nation’s rich natural heritage." And he added, "earlier this year, we supported the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act to permanently reauthorize the LWCF.”

Since 1965, the National Park Service has provided more than 40,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund grants to states and local communities. The LWCF State and Local Assistance Program provides matching grants for local and state park projects outside national park boundaries.