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 Workshops:
‘Introduction to Conservation Advisory Councils’
Thursday, May 21, 6:00-8:00 pm
Town of Catskill Washington Irving Senior Center, 15 Academy St, Catskill, NY 12414
This workshop will explain what conservation advisory councils are, how to start one, their responsibilities under New York State law, and some of the key elements of effective councils. Representatives from three CACs will give examples of their work. There will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion. Light refreshments will be provided. Self‐certification forms will be provided for 2.0 credit hours of land‐use training for municipal boards.
Please register online at www.intro-to-cac.eventbrite.com or by phone: 518 622 9820, ext. 26. With questions, please contact Audrey Kropp, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 518 622 9820, ext. 26.
Event sponsors: Greene Land Trust, the Columbia Land Conservancy, NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia-Greene Counties, Hudsonia Ltd., and the Columbia County Environmental Management Council.
DEC Hosts Annual Update Meeting for members of CACs
Monday, June 1, 9:00 am -4:00 pm
DEC office, Room 129, 625 Broadway in Albany, NY
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will be hosting the annual update meeting for the New York State Association of Environmental Management Councils and the New York State Association of Conservation Commissions (CACs). The annual update meeting is an opportunity to brief council members on DEC programs of interest. To attend this update meeting, please register by email with Maria Katchmar at Maria.Katchmar@dec.ny.gov. Please bring identification to enter the DEC building. You can subscribe for news and updates from the NYS Association of Conservation Commissions at: http://www.nysaccny.org/subscribe-to-nysacc-news.
Upcoming Conservation Advisory Council Roundtable:
Thursday, June 11, 5:30-7:00 pm
Trinity United Methodist Church, 555 Joslen Blvd, Hudson, NY
We invite you to the Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) Roundtable, hosted by CLC. CACs are volunteer municipal committees that advise towns on issues related to land, water, and other natural resources. At the Roundtable, members of CACs from around the county will share news and progress about their work. The event is free, and we will provide light refreshments.
Most recent Conservation Advisory Council Roundtables:
March 16, 2015
Members of local Conservation Advisory Councils shared priorities, projects, and how they assist towns in conserving natural resources, including water, wildlife, and natural areas.
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.