NORTHERN NEW YORK -- As Fort Drum and the North Country continue to find a happy medium on buffer zones, New York State says it's pitching in to help.
The recently released state budget has a million dollars in it mandated toward helping to develop buffers between Fort Drum and neighboring land owners.
The money, which matches federal funds already being used, will go toward agreements with those neighbors to guarantee no development happens within a certain distance of Fort Drum's borders.
It allows Fort Drum to continue to train soldiers and not worry about encroachment.
Since 1999, roughly 3,500 acres of land around Drum have been officially designated as a buffer zone.