Dutchess County, New York has a rich natural heritage that has enabled its communities to prosper and grow, and has contributed to a high quality of life for its residents. Diverse habitats, productive farmland, abundant water resources, and scenic landscapes are all distinctive characteristics of the region that have attracted new residents and have helped foster a strong sense of place. Natural resources consist of living things and naturally occurring materials in the environment that sustain human life and economies. Natural resources include but are not limited to air, minerals, soils, sources of energy, water, fish, wildlife, and forests.
The Natural Resource Inventory is a tool that is available to local municipal officials to help guide land use decisions and allow the community to consider innovative tools for natural resource protection.
Last updated August 17, 2016