2022 Webinars

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Wildflowers of the Rensselaer Plateau and Beyond with Chris Graham

Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 7pm on Zoom
Presented by the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, Inc.
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Dutchess County Habitat Maps webinar

24 May, 5:00-6:30pm

Hudsonia Habitat Maps Go Virtual!

In 2001-2020, Hudsonia created townwide maps of significant habitats for twelve Dutchess County towns plus the City of Poughkeepsie, along with reports describing the habitats, their ecological significance, their importance to the human community, and recommendations for conservation. The habitat information is intended to inform townwide and site-specific land use planning, policy-making, land management, and siting, design, and environmental reviews of land development projects.

In 2021, Don Meltz and his GIS students at Marist College published the habitat maps to an online platform that enables easy, interactive access for public use. Maps are available for the towns of Amenia, Beekman, Clinton, Dover, East Fishkill, Hyde Park, North East, Pine Plains, Poughkeepsie (town & city), Rhinebeck, Stanford, and Washington.

This webinar reintroduces the habitat maps and reports to municipal officials; demonstrate how to access the maps through the new web map portal, and discuss some of the ways the information can be used for municipal purposes.

Webinar Speakers:

Gretchen Stevens, Director of Hudsonia’s Biodiversity Resources Center

Don Meltz, Adjunct Professor, Marist College.

The event was sponsored by the Dutchess County Planning Federation, and is conducted in partnership with Cornell University and the Hudson River Estuary Program of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and funded by the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.

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Visit the Dutchess County Planning Federation website (https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Planning/Planning-Federation.htm#Con1) for more information.

 

Habitat Assessment Guidelines webinar

9 June, 1:00-2:30pm

Habitat assessment is a process used to evaluate potential impacts of proposed activities or development for natural areas, plants, wildlife, and water resources on a given site.

In this webinar, Gretchen Stevens introduced model habitat assessment guidelines that municipal planning boards and other agencies may use in reviewing development projects. The guidelines are designed to help the applicant and reviewing agencies obtain specific information about site features early in the planning process so that potential impacts to sensitive habitats can be avoided or minimized. Employing these guidelines can help avoid costly reworking of the project design, streamline the environmental review, and lead to better outcomes for the project sponsors and communities.

The webinar also presented a case study from the Town of Warwick in Orange County, New York. In 2010, Warwick adopted a Biodiversity Conservation Overlay District that integrates habitat assessment into the review process for proposed subdivisions in the overlay zone. Planner Ted Fink will discuss how this approach is guiding new development, and ecological consultant David Griggs will provide an overview of Warwick’s habitat assessment procedure.

The webinar is conducted in partnership with Cornell University and the Hudson River Estuary Program of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and funded by the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.

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