What are the most important areas in our region for preserving biodiversity? Natural Heritage Important Areas are lands and waters in the Hudson River Valley, delineated with GIS models, that support the continued presence and quality of known populations of rare animals and rare plants, or of documented examples of rare or high-quality ecological communities. This webinar will introduce the recently updated Important Areas data set and its applications for local land-use and conservation planning.
Presenters: Nick Conrad, New York Natural Heritage Program, and Ingrid Haeckel, DEC Hudson River Estuary Program/Cornell University
About the Conservation and Land Use 101 Webinar Series
The Hudson River Estuary Conservation and Land Use Program is hosting this webinar training series to provide a foundation in conservation and land use planning for members of Hudson Valley conservation advisory councils/boards and environmental commissions, as well as members of planning and zoning boards, elected officials, and interested citizens. Participants will learn about biodiversity, conservation principles, best practices, and tools to identify and conserve important habitat and water resources within New York’s home rule system.
Webinar recordings and slides are made available after the events here.