Habitat Mapping

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.

Topographic maps, soils maps, and aerial photos are some of the resources we use to create a preliminary habitat map.
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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.

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Click map to view a larger image of Hudsonia’s mapping projects in Dutchess County

We have now completed townwide habitat maps and reports for 10 towns in Dutchess County and for Woodstock (Ulster County), as well as selected watersheds and stream corridors in Albany, Greene, Orange, and Schoharie counties, and other large areas in Ulster 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 towns of Beekman, Dover, and Rhinebeck, the Dyson Foundation, the Hudson River Estuary Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Marilyn Milton Simpson Charitable Trusts, and the Millbrook Tribute Garden (through the Dutchess Land Conservancy) for funding these projects.

For more information about the Habitat Mapping program, contact BRC Director Gretchen Stevens at 845-758-7053.

Andy Gretchen
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.

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