Outreach Reports and Publications

Hudson River Estuary Program Publications:

Hudson River Estuary Wildlife and Habitat Conservation Framework

The Framework provides an overview of biodiversity resources in the Hudson River estuary corridor, describes key plant and animal habitats, includes a map and descriptions of Significant Biodiversity Areas in the region, and proposes various strategies for their conservation.  Available on the NYSDEC website (http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5096.html) and on CD-ROM from the Hudson River Estuary Program.

Conserving Natural Areas and Wildlife in Your Community

This handbook from Cornell University and the Hudson River Estuary Program offers conservation guidance and smart growth strategies to local governments in the Hudson River Valley. A limited number of paper copies are available, as well as digital copies on CD-ROM and on the NYSDEC website (www.dec.ny.gov/lands/50083.html)

Creating a Natural Resources Inventory

A natural resources inventory (NRI) provides the foundation for comprehensive land-use planning that proactively considers a community’s land and water resources. This handbook from Cornell University and the Hudson River Estuary Program outlines how to inventory valuable natural and cultural assets and strategies for using an NRI in local land-use and conservation planning. A limited number of paper copies are available, as well as a digital version on the NYSDEC website (www.dec.ny.gov/lands/100925.html).

Hudson River Estuary Program Presentations:

Wetland Conservation: What Do We Have to Lose?

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Publications:

Biodiversity Assessment Manual for the Hudson River Estuary Corridor

The Manual was written by Hudsonia and published by the NYSDEC in 2001, to fill the gap in biological information available to land-use planners. It offers guidance in identification, assessment, and protection of habitats, plants, and animals of conservation importance. www.hudsonia.org.

State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP)

The SWAP was completed by the NYSDEC in 2015 to address the wildlife species of greatest conservation need in NY, which updated the 2005 Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy. The plan includes information on species and habitats, biodiversity trends and threats, and recommendations. Available on the NYSDEC website (http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7179.html).

New York State Open Space Plan

New York’s Open Space Conservation Plan serves as the blueprint for the State’s land conservation efforts. The Open Space Plan is required by law to be revised every three years. Available on the NYSDEC website (http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/317.html).

Partner Publications:

Conservation Area Overlay District: A Model Local Law (WCS/MCA Technical Paper #3)

This document contains a model ordinance that can be adopted by municipalities to delineate conservation area overlay districts. The ordinance is an innovative tool for improved land use planning and is based on New York State law. Within ecologically sensitive areas, it seeks to reduce habitat fragmentation, maintain biodiversity, and protect significant natural features and does not ignore the need for the siting of future development. Prepared for the Metropolitan Conservation Alliance (MCA) by Pace University, 2002.

Open Land Acquisition: Local Financing Techniques Under New York State Law (WCS/MCA Technical Paper #2)

This paper describes the authority that local governments have to raise revenues to purchase or otherwise protect open space. It is intended to assist interested in PDR (purchase of development rights), to help communities interested in open space conservation decide which of several potential funding mechanisms would be most appropriate. Prepared for the Metropolitan Conservation Alliance (MCA) by Pace University, 2000.

Best Development Practices for Conserving Pool-Breeding Amphibians (WCS/MCA Technical Paper #5)

This paper outlines steps enabling local decision-makers to make better, scientifically credible, and consistent decisions to reliably identify wetlands worthy of protection and, by default, other areas where a community can plan for additional growth and development. Prepared for the Metropolitan Conservation Alliance (MCA) by Pace University, 2002.

Web Map Options for Local Government use of Natural Resources Inventory Data  (Don Meltz Planning and GIS)

As more communities undertake NRIs, interest in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and more specifically – web maps, to view and disseminate inventory data is growing. Municipalities want to provide interactive viewing capability and greater public accessibility to NRI and other spatial data offered by web mapping, but face technical and financial barriers to establishing their own systems. This report was commissioned to assist local governments in understanding and evaluating the options available to them for creating interactive web maps in order to facilitate sharing NRI data. Prepared for the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program by Don Meltz Planning and GIS, 2017.

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