Conservation Planning Resources

Conservation Planning Resources

This suite of resources is designed specifically for land-use planners, regulatory agencies, conservation NGOs and others interested in advancing local biodiversity conservation. It includes summaries of conservation recommendations for certain habitats, as well as a series of documents with suggestions for how municipal planners can use comprehensive planning, pre-application meetings, zoning, SEQR, and other processes to incorporate biodiversity protection into their day-to-day work.

  • General conservation measures for protecting natural areas and wildlife
    This document, adapted from the Biodiversity Assessment Manual, describes a series of conservation recommendations that can be applied to any scale of project.
  • Local protection of biodiversity resources
    Important resources such as aquifers, streams, significant habitats and farmland for which local measures provide the most effective protection, and some ways to achieve that protection.
  • Conservation recommendations for selected habitats
    Recommendations for protecting selected habitats of conservation concern. Each set of recommendations is based on the needs of one or more focal species that depend on that habitat.
  • Biodiversity conservation & review of development proposals
    The procedures outlined will help town agencies effectively incorporate biodiversity conservation into review and design of land development proposals.
  • Coming soon: A series of additional documents on how municipal planners can use comprehensive planning, pre-application meetings, zoning, SEQR, and other processes to incorporate biodiversity protection into their day-to-day work.
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