CLC sponsors education and training programs on land use topics for municipal officials, volunteer boards, and community groups. These sessions are designed to equip communities with the information and skills needed to review, revise, and apply land use regulations and practices.
These trainings offer a way for members of local planning boards to meet their requirements for training. Past topics have ranged from how to incorporate biodiversity in land use planning decisions to presentations on groundwater, stormwater management, and green infrastructure.
‘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.
For more information, contact Christine Vanderlan, 518 392 5252, ext 208.
Thursday, April 30th, 2015: ‘Streams 101′
This training covered how streams naturally flow on the land, how streams respond to disturbance, and the problems that can arise in streams, especially during flood events. The presentations included case studies and useful planning tools and resources to assist municipalities in adapting and becoming more resilient to future flood events.
Links to the presentations:
“Columbia County Woodlands: An Essential Resource,” Marilyn Wyman, Cornell Cooperative Extension
“Wetland Conservation: What Do We Have to Lose?” Laura Heady, Hudson River Estuary Program
“Local Tools and Strategies for Protecting Your Forests and Wetlands,” Ingrid Haeckel, Hudson River Estuary Program
A Municipal Official’s Guide to Forestry in New York State. Includes resources for municipalities interested in protecting forests and wetlands
Conserving Small Wetlands in the Hudson Valley
This NYSDEC web page has some general information as well as a link to a list of resources on wetland conservation.
Liquidity: The Value of Wetlands
A 25-minute documentary film created by The Wetlands Protection Fund Advisory Committee for the Town and Village of New Paltz.