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Conservation and Land Use Webinars

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

The Hudson River Estuary Conservation and Land Use 101 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

Critical Environmental Areas: Register here (leaves DEC website)

Tuesday, March 23, 1:00-2:15pm

New York communities may designate geographic areas with exceptional or unique environmental characteristics as Critical Environmental Areas (CEAs) under State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) regulations. Once a CEA is formally established, lead agencies in environmental reviews must consider potential impacts of proposed development on the special qualities of the CEA, bringing attention to important local features that might otherwise be overlooked. Hudson Valley communities have designated CEAs to recognize important aquifers and drinking water reservoirs, stream corridors and watersheds, significant habitats, wetland complexes, ridgelines, parks and preserves, and scenic areas. This webinar will provide an overview of what CEAs are, what kinds of places might deserve CEA designation, how they are used in land-use planning and decision-making, and how to establish them. Guest speakers from the towns of Bedford and Hyde Park will share their experiences with CEA establishment and application in project reviews.

Presenters: Gretchen Stevens, Hudsonia Ltd; Michael Dupree, Town of Hyde Park Planning Board; and Simon Skolnik, Town of Bedford Conservation Board

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.