GLT has received a grant to create a Natural Resource Inventory (NRI)) for Greene County. The NRI will help prioritize projects that will most benefit the protection of sensitive habitats, increase resilience, and improve the overall health of the watershed within Greene County. The project will also identify conservation priorities that GLT will use to consider land conservation opportunities to pursue. This project is made possible by a $35,000 grant from the Hudson River Estuary Program funded by the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.
The NRI will compile and describe important natural resources in Greene County such as forests, wetlands, surface and ground waters, and farmland. Cultural resources, such as historic sites, scenic vistas, and recreation areas will be included as well. For more information from DEC about Natrual Resource Inventories click here.
Information will be presented in a series of maps and an accompanying report with narrative descriptions, supporting data tables, and recommendations. The report will allow one to visualize resources in the County—where they occur and how they relate to each other, their surroundings, and existing development. A NRI provides a strong foundation for informed land-use planning and decision-making. The NRI will also serve as the basis for identifying conservation priorities and strategies that GLT will use to guide its conservation work.
GLT will continue to partner with Hudsonia and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties to build on previous work to prepare natural resource maps for Greene County. To learn more about this previous effort click here.