We recommend the following resources for communities in the Hudson Valley about land use and planning, trainings, and publications.

Information Resources for Municipalities

CLC assists those serving in local government in accessing information about natural resources, through its online clearinghouse of resources, by developing new resources, and offering training.

Columbia County Natural Resources Inventory

As a special initiative, CLC coordinated the development of a county-wide inventory of natural resources (Natural Resources Inventory, or “NRI”).  CLC convened an advisory group of members of Columbia County Environmental Management Council, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties, and other volunteers to guide the project. The NRI was written by Hudsonia Ltd, with significant contributions from the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program.  Individuals and groups contributed photos of local landscapes and resources to illustrate the document.  This NRI summarizes existing data and analyzes the physical, biological, and cultural aspects of the Columbia County landscape.  It identifies features and areas that warrant attention in land use decision-making.  Residents, landowners, and the public agencies involved in land-use planning and environmental reviews will find it a helpful reference.

The NRI has been funded in part by a grant from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund through the Hudson River Estuary Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Online Maps

Interactive Online Hudson Valley Natural Resource Mapper – zoom in on your community or any are you’re curious about and view maps of natural resources like water, forests, wetlands, wildlife, and more.  The mapper was created by the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for the Hudson River Estuary Program.


Habitat & Natural Areas



Water Resources

Technical Assistance in Columbia County

Regional Organizations & Plans