Grants totaling $432,000 to four Western New York cultural organizations were announced this week by Gov. Pataki.
Awarded state environmental funds for operating support were The Buffalo Zoo, $167,000; Buffalo Museum of Science, $134,000; Aquarium of Niagara Falls, $85,000; and Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, $46,000.
The same institutions have received environmental funding via the Natural Heritage Trust annually for more than two decades. The trust is a public benefit corporation created in 1968 to further conservation, recreation and preservation.