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Conservation Advisory Council (CAC)

The Conservation Advisory Council has completed the Natural Resource Conservation Plan for the Town of New Lebanon.   The document can be viewed at the link below in 5 different section (due to the length of the document it had to be broken into sections).

Cover, How to use the NRCP, Contents, Summary and Introduction
Physical Setting and Land Use History
Natural Resources: Enduring Features, Mineral and Water 
Natural Resources: Biological, Farmland, Scenic and Recreation
Threats to Resources, Conservation Areas, Achieving Conservation Goals, Conservation Action Plan, and References Cited

Conservation Advisory Council Members

Cynthia Creech
David Farren
Peg Munves
Paul Rix
Bob Gilson
Steve Powers

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 New Lebanon Town Hall, 14755 State Route 22, New Lebanon.  All meetings are open to the public.

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


The Shaker Swamp Conservancy has released an overhead video of our Shaker Swamp here in New Lebanon.  The video was created by Merrill Ross and his drone.  You can watch it by  clicking here.