The Biodiversity Resources Center’s (BRC) Habitat Mapping Program carries out large-scale (usually townwide) projects to identify and map habitats of special ecological importance. Hudsonia biologists use a variety of map and GIS resources to create a preliminary map of significant habitats. We conduct field assessments to verify and correct the habitats on the preliminary map.
|Above is a small section of a habitat map produced by Hudsonia. Developed areas (e.g., buildings and their immediate surroundings, parking areas, roads) are shown in white.|
We produce large format maps depicting the location of important upland and wetland habitats, many of which are entirely unprotected by federal, state, or local statutes yet are essential components of the ecosystems that support the human community and the rest of the natural world. We write descriptive reports to accompany the maps, which include descriptions of all of the found in the study area, as well as conservation and management recommendations.
We discuss our findings and our recommendations for incorporating biodiversity protection into the town master plan, open space plan, zoning ordinance, and site-specific planning and decision-making during public presentations workshops with town agencies. We emphasize the importance of using the habitat information early in the process of siting and designing new development, so that ecological concerns can be considered at the outset along with other concerns.
You can request or order hard or digital copies of the completed reports.
|Click map to view a larger image of Hudsonia’s mapping projects in Dutchess County|
We have now completed townwide habitat maps for 10 towns in Dutchess County and for Woodstock (Ulster County), as well as additional large areas (smaller than entire towns) in Ulster, Orange, and Dutchess Counties. We hope that these projects will raise the profile of biodiversity concerns for landowners and for municipal agencies that are routinely engaged in land use planning and decision-making.
We are grateful to the Town of Beekman, the Dyson Foundation, the Hudson River Estuary Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Marilyn Milton Simpson Charitable Trusts, the Millbrook Tribute Garden (through the Dutchess Land Conservancy), and the Town of Rhinebeck, and the Town of Dover for funding these projects.
For more information about the Habitat Mapping program, contact Biodiversity Mapping Coordinator Ingrid Haeckel or BRC Director Gretchen Stevens at 845-758-7023.
|Hudsonia biolologists checking habitats in the field|
Hudsonia, a tax-exempt not-for-profit corporation of the State of New York, classified 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service, relies on the generous, tax-deductible contributions from members of our community to sustain our research and education. We appreciate your support of our work.