CLC is training municipal volunteers to utilize computer-generated maps in their planning and land use decisions. Last spring, more than three dozen volunteers selected by their town boards took part in trainings using simplified versions of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software. They also received a data disk with extensive mapping of Columbia County’s infrastructure and natural resources which can now be used by those towns.
This training program, funded by the Hudson River Greenway, will be expanded in its second year with help from a Hudson River Estuary Program “mini-grant.” The additional funding allows CLC to partner again with Dutchess County Cornell Cooperative Extension’s GIS Resource Educator to offer the training. It also allows CLC to add a new workshop component: Nan Stolzenburg and Don Meltz of Community Planning and Environmental Associates will offer two workshops on the new Environmental Assessment Forms issued by NYSDEC that become mandatory for SEQR reviews on April 1, 2013. These workshops will also include information on GIS-based information resources to help in completing the forms.
The second rounds of map-reading training will take place in late January 2013, and the SEQR workshops will be held in March. Check back for details on both trainings.
For further information, contact Ellen Jouret-Epstein, CLC’s Community Projects Manager, at 518.392.5252, ext. 208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.