CLC partnered with the EMC to create the first-ever countywide inventory of natural resources, published in 2018. The County Environmental Management Council, under New York State law, is charged with creating a Natural Resources Inventory as an information resource. The purpose is to inform planning for the future in ways that support the County’s natural assets and the benefits they provide. Authored by scientists with Hudsonia, Ltd, with significant contributions from the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program, the Columbia County Natural Resources Inventory describes the landscape that characterizes our communities. It identifies features and areas that warrant attention in land-use decisions.
Are you curious about streams, lakes, topography, soils, farmland, or important forest zones? These topics and more are illustrated and described in the Natural Resources Inventory, as are principles for conservation and development.
View Interactive Maps of Natural Resources
Zoom in on your community or any area you are curious about and view maps of streams, forests, soils, and more. Much of the data presented in the Natural Resources Inventory is available for download and for viewing in an online map portal on the website of the Columbia County Planning Department. Click on the “NRI data page” here.
The Columbia County Natural Resources Inventory was funded in part by a grant from the New York Environmental Protection Fund through the Hudson River Estuary Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Funding for printing and design was provided by Furthermore, a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.
Click the links below to view recordings from the 2021 NRI webinars
- Part 1: Introduction and Frontmatter
- Part 2: Water, Land Use History, and Enduring Features
- Part 3: Mineral Resources and Groundwater
- Part 4: Surface Water and Biological Resources
- Part 5: Farmland, Energy, Scenic Resources, and Recreation Resources
- Part 6: Threats to Resources, Conservation Principles, Legislative Protections, and Achieving Conservation Goals