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Conservation Advisory Council Roundtables

Conservation Advisory Council Roundtable

Tuesday, June 3 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, 330 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY.

Claudia Knab-Vispo, botanist, Anna Duhon, social anthropologist, Conrad Vispo, wildlife ecologist, will present
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 will share information about conservation activities or opportunities in their village or town. Please contact Christine Vanderlan at 518-392-5252, ext. 208 for more information.

Most recent Roundtable:
April 2, 2014
Trinity United Methodist Church – 555 Joslen Blvd, Greenport, NY 12534

Beth Roessler, Riparian Buffer Coordinator with the Hudson River Estuary Program spoke about streams, stream buffers and “Trees for Tribs” planting projects. Stream buffers are important to maintaining healthy streams and water quality. Several CACs and other groups in the Hudson Valley have undertaken Trees for Tribs projects to restore stream buffers, and Beth had a wealth of information to share from this highly successful program. After the presentation, members of CACs and those in the process of forming CACs shared their progress, followed by general discussion.

This was the sixth in a series of Roundtables held 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.

To read the notes from  the April 2, 2014 CAC Roundtable, click here.

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.

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.

Take a look at how some local towns make use of their CACs.

Find resources to set up a CAC in your town:

      • CAC brochure for Town Boards, written by CLC
      • 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
      • What to Protect, How to Protect: Hudsonia’s quick guide to local tools for protecting biodiversity. Click here for the PDF.

Access information to assist your CAC:

  • 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


  • June 13, 2013

    View the notes from the Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) Roundtable with Sarah Imboden, a Conservation Advisory Council member in the Town of Red Hook in Dutchess County.

    Additional information
  • February 27, 2013

    Nine Columbia County towns were represented at the Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) Roundtable. The highlight of the evening was a presentation by Claudia Knab-Vispo from the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program (FEP) on work they’ve done on floodplain forests in the County.

    Additional information

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