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The Hudson River Estuary Conservation and Land Use Webinar Series was developed to provide a foundation in conservation and land use planning for members of Hudson Valley conservation advisory councils/boards. In addition, environmental commissions, members of planning and zoning boards, elected officials, and interested citizens may find these programs of interest. Webinars provide background about regional biodiversity, conservation principles, best planning practices, and tools to identify and conserve important habitat and water resources.

Webinar attendees will receive an email confirming attendance, which may be submitted locally for municipal planning or zoning board training credit.

Note: Webinars are held using the WebEx platform. You can join a WebEx event from your computer, mobile device, or phone. Download the WebEx app (leaves DEC website). Get WebEx troubleshooting advice (leaves DEC website).

Upcoming Webinars

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Training participants review natural features on site plans.
(L. Heady)

Scenic Resource Protection in the Hudson River Valley (leaves DEC website)

Tuesday, June 15, 1:00-2:15 P.M.

The scenic beauty of the Hudson River estuary watershed has provided solace and inspiration to generations of residents and visitors alike. In addition to its contribution to the state's $115 billion-dollar tourism industry, numerous studies document the health benefits of viewing nature, which include:

  • reduced stress
  • improved mental health
  • increased academic performance.

Cornell University's Scenic Resource Protection Guide for the Hudson River Valley was published in the spring of 2021 to help municipalities maintain these benefits by identifying, planning, and protecting important scenery within their communities.

This webinar will introduce attendees to the guide, which uses visual diagrams and local case studies to help explain the elements of scenery and the processes of inventorying and protecting this beloved resource. The speakers will also highlight examples of Hudson Valley communities that are using a variety of tools to protect their scenic landscapes.
George Frantz, Associate Professor of the Practice, Cornell University Department of City and Regional Planning; and Nate Nardi-Cyrus, Conservation and Land Use Specialist, DEC Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell University.

Online Tools for Conservation Planning in the Hudson Valley (leaves DEC website)

Tuesday, July 20, 1:00-2:15 P.M.

The Hudson River Estuary Program believes local communities need access to current, science-based information and tools to inform local decision-making and conservation planning. This webinar will feature two of the Program's web-based planning tools.

The Hudson Valley Natural Resource Mapper is an online, interactive mapping tool with over 40 datasets identifying important habitat, water resources, and conservation and recreation lands in the Hudson River Estuary watershed. We will introduce participants to the mapper layout, functions, and data layers and share examples of applications for local conservation, land-use, and watershed planning. We'll also share our new Conservation Planning website, which serves as a clearinghouse of strategies, publications, tools, and case studies to support local land-use decision-makers throughout the estuary watershed.

Ingrid Haeckel, Conservation and Land Use Specialist, DEC Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell University; Laura Heady, Conservation and Land Use Program Coordinator, DEC Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell University; and Nate Nardi-Cyrus, Conservation and Land Use Specialist, DEC Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell University

Past Webinar Recordings

Note: Use the WebEx Network Player Playback function to stream webinar recordings to your computer. It may take some time for the recording to open.​ All links to recordings in this section leave the DEC website. Presentation slides are available in PDF format upon request.