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.

“CLC’s staff gives tremendous educational and technical support to local councils like ours. It’s an aspect of their mission most people probably aren’t aware of, but I honestly don’t know what we’d do without it.” – Jonathan Lerner, Chair, Hudson Conservation Advisory Council

A Conservation Advisory Council’s Role

A Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) is a 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.  CLC holds a series of Roundtables throughout the year where members of CACs and others gather 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.

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.

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.

Local CACs and what they do:

Find resources to set up a CAC in your town:

Columbia Land Conservancy
49 Main Street
Chatham, NY 12037


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