Biodiversity in Dutchess County:Municipal Planning for Conservation

On May 22, 2019 Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC)’s Environment & Energy Program, Dutchess County Planning Federation, and Hudsonia Ltd., with support from the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, hosted a forum entitled “Biodiversity in Dutchess County: Municipal Planning for Conservation.” The forum was designed for members of local planning and legislative boards and conservation advisory councils.

Gretchen Stevens, the Director of the Biodiversity Resources Center for Hudsonia, was the main presenter for the evening.  She gave an overview of the biodiversity and abundant natural resources in Dutchess County, and highlighted municipal strategies for conserving and protecting biodiversity in our communities.  Gretchen also gave insight into the value of and threats to biodiversity, how to identify natural resource priorities, and how to develop plans, codes and ordinances aimed at biodiversity conservation.

PDFs from the Presentation

Gretchen Stevens' Presentation

Resources from the Forum  

Watch a recording of the Training

Last updated June 14, 2019