Conservation Advisory Council Roundtables
CLC holds a series of Roundtables throughout the year to share news about CAC activities and related topics. You are always welcome to attend whether you are a CAC member or an interested resident.
Upcoming Conservation Advisory Council Roundtable:
Our next CAC Roundtable will be held Monday, March 16, 2015; 5:30 – 7:00 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, 555 Joslen Boulevard, Hudson, NY 12534.
Most recent Conservation Advisory Council Roundtables:
October 20, 2014
Jamie Purinton of the Ancram Conservation Advisory Council and Gretchen Stevens of Hudsonia presented the Ancram Natural Resources Conservation Plan. The plan describes the environs of Ancram and details the important water, biological, farmland, and scenic resources found there. Much of the information about the wildlife and natural areas included in the report stems from the work of volunteers trained by Hudsonia and working with the Ancram CAC.
June 3, 2014
Claudia Knab-Vispo, botanist, Anna Duhon, social anthropologist, Conrad Vispo, wildlife ecologist, presented “An Introduction to the Living Land Project: Columbia County Habitats from an Ecological and Cultural Perspective.”
The Living Land Project is a unique multi-year research and outreach project conducted by the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program in collaboration with Hudsonia Inc. and the Columbia Land Conservancy. Following the presentation, local CACs shared information about conservation activities or opportunities in their village or town.
A Conservation Advisory Council’s Role
A Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) is an advisory body that can advise town agencies on the development, management, and protection of natural resources. A CAC plays a valuable role in advising towns on issues related to groundwater, wildlife habitat, open space, scenic views, and more.
New York’s Municipal Law enables town boards to appoint a CAC to advise town agencies, especially “time-strapped” planning boards, on issues related to natural resources.
Is your town talking about groundwater, wildlife, opportunities for hiking and fishing, or even scenic views? A Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) can help.
Following CLC’s introductory CAC workshop in January 2011, four new CACs have been formed in the county and discussions are underway for two more. The CACs keep in touch with each other through CLC’s Roundtable series where they share information on their activities advising local planning boards, mapping habitat, conducting open space inventories, and writing reports on topics ranging from the environmental aspects of cellular towers to road salt issues.
Conservation Advisory Councils In The News
In February 2015, the Town of Ancram adopted the Ancram Natural Resources Conservation Plan, prepared by the Ancram Conservation Advisory Council. This is a first for a municipality in Columbia County. It is a milestone for the Ancram Conservation Advisory Council and the Town. Read the Register Star’s report here.
How Can We Help?
This page is a virtual meeting place for Columbia County Conservation Advisory Councils and any residents who may be interested in their work or how to form one. Here we share resources that are essential references for CACs.
Please visit the comments section and post recommended websites and resources you would like to share to support the conservation work of CAC volunteers.
Find out more about local CACs and what they do:
Find resources to set up a CAC in your town:
- CAC brochure for Town Boards, written by CLC
- CAC Model Local Law
- Receive our e-list for events, workshops, and community planning news, or contact Christine Vanderlan, Community Projects Manager, at 518.392.5252, ext 208.
- Guide to CACs published by Westchester County
- NYS Association of Conservation Commissions (and CACs)
- CAC Examples
Access information to assist your CAC:
- Conserving Natural Areas and Wildlife in Your Community. Smart Growth Strategies for Protecting the Biological Diversity of New York’s Hudson River Valley. NY State Department of Environmental Conservation.
- Floodplains Report, Farmscape Ecology Program, presented at CAC Roundtable held in February 2013.
- Environmental Leaders Learning Alliance. This consortium of conservation volunteers working in the lower Hudson Valley offers a wealth of practical information and examples, including reports on how to establish Critical Environmental Areas.
- General Conservation Principles, Hudsonia
- Tools for Protecting Nature in Your Community, Hudson River Estuary Program
- What to Protect, How to Protect: Hudsonia’s quick guide to local tools for protecting biodiversity. Click here for the PDF.