Columbia Land Conservancy
Conservation Advisory Councils

Conservation Advisory Councils

Is your town talking about groundwater, wildlife, opportunities for hiking and fishing, or even scenic views?

A Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) can help.

A Conservation Advisory Council’s Role

A CAC is a body created by a municipal board (city, town, or village) to advise local agencies on the development, management, and protection of natural resources. New York State’s Municipal Law enables municipal boards to appoint a CAC. Volunteers with CACs may gather information, develop guidance or recommendations, and/or assist with review of development projects, contributing their time, energy, and knowledge.  CACs can be of great assistance, particularly for time-strapped planning boards, on issues related to natural resources.

CAC Roundtable Meetings – Everyone is welcome

The Columbia Land Conservancy supports the work of CACs by hosting a series of Roundtable meetings which provide a forum for CACs to gather and share information. Now in its 10th year, this series also welcomes people serving in other kinds of local government committees, because not every town or village has a CAC, and other committees may engage in similar work.  Often, residents or local officials join the Roundtable meetings to learn more about CACs, sometimes with an eye to establishing a CAC in their community. We welcome newcomers to these free, public meetings.

Interested in learning more?

If you’d like to learn more, contact Christine Vanderlan, Community Projects Manager. Christine is available to speak with individuals and municipal leaders about CACs, how they are formed, and their advisory role.

Links to Local CACs