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Conservation Advisory Council (CAC)

Conservation Advisory Council Members

Cynthia Creech
David Farren
Jack Lancto
Peg Munves
Craig Westcott

Meetings are typically held on the second Monday of the month (unless a conflict arises) from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Samson Environmental Center at Darrow School

A Sample of Websites and Publications to help Landowners and Towns Conserve High Quality and Connected Habitats

Hudson Valley Natural Resource Mapper  – Interactive online map sharing habitat and water resource data in the Hudson River Estuary watershed.

Conservation Guides – Web-based animal, plant, and ecological community guides developed by the NY Natural Heritage Program.  Each guide includes description, habitat, distribution, places to see, and conservation and management issues.

Forestry Habitat Management Guidelines for Vernal Pool Wildlife (Handbook) – Describes the basic ecology of the temporary woodland pools that are important for forest wildlife as well as guidelines for forest and vernal pool habitat management and harvest operations

Audubon New York Bird Habitat Management Guidance – Web guidance on managing for forest, young forest.  For Bird Habitat Management Decision Tree [PDF version] please contact

Stream Stewardship: Riparian Buffers – Various websites are available with stream management guidelines for landowners, including:  The Catskill Streams Initiative as well as Cornell Cooperative Extension Stand by Your Stream brochure series.

Staying Connected Initiative – An international collaboration to conserve, restore, and enhance landscape connectivity across the Northern Appalachian region of the U.S. and Canada for the benefit of nature and people.  Website includes many resources for landowners and towns.

Cornell Forest Connect – Information and resources for ensuring sustainable production and function on private forest lands.

Rensselaer Plateau Region Conservation Plan and Ecological Maps – Access multiple tools for landowners, municipalities, and GIS data available through

 Private Landowner Stewardship Assistance