Conservation Planning in the Upper Taghkanic Creek Watershed
The beautiful large forests in Columbia County keep our drinking water clean. They also are crucial to wildlife, now and in the future. CLC and a committee of volunteers are creating a Plan to protect the forests that surround the Upper Taghkanic Creek that considers the needs of people, water, and wildlife. One of the goals of the plan is to keep forests “connected,” which means that large natural areas are free of barriers like roads and development.
The Connectivity Plan focuses on the watershed of the Upper Taghkanic Creek – all the lands that drain to the creek upstream of New Forge State Forest. This area is important to the City of Hudson’s drinking water supply, and it is an important wildlife corridor as well. A committee of dedicated volunteers from the Towns of Hillsdale, Copake, Taghkanic and Claverack are working with CLC staff on the plan through a series of facilitated meetings. CLC will use the plan to help guide its work with communities and landowners, linking land protection with water quality. This project is estimated to be completed in winter 2022.
To read a handout with more information about the project, click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the Upper Taghkanic Creek?
The lands and waters that flow into the Upper Taghkanic Creek are outlined in orange on the map. It includes portions of the Towns of Claverack, Copake, Hillsdale, and Taghkanic. The Taghkanic Creek flows into Claverack Creek, which flows into Stockport Creek, and then the Hudson.
What is the goal of this project?
We’re doing this work to protect streams with very good water quality, and the forests and other parts of the landscape that support clean water. Clean water in the creek also supports fish and recreation. This watershed is important because it provides drinking water to the City of Hudson. See pages 17 and 18 of the City of Hudson Natural Resources Inventory to read about the water supply.
How can I get involved?
Right now, we’re working with a group of stakeholders to develop the plan. Stay tuned for more information, or contact Christine Vanderlan to join the mailing list.
Where can I go to learn more?
To learn more about watersheds, check out this fact sheet from the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies.
To learn more about the qualities that make Columbia County so special, click here to read the Columbia County Natural Resources Inventory.
To explore the forests of this area and why they matter, visit the interactive website Follow the Forest created by one of our regional partners.
To learn more about the importance of wildlife connections and how to conserve them, visit the website Connectivity Planning in the Hudson River Estuary Watershed.
To learn more about the connection between forests and water, click here.