Conserving Hudson Valley forests is vital for the multiple benefits they provide communities - but which forests are most important, and why? The Hudson Valley Forest Index is a new data set that maps and prioritizes forest patches based on metrics relating to size, fragmentation, connectivity, stressors, habitat value, and carbon sequestration. This webinar will introduce the new forest condition index and associated core forest data and discuss ways it can be used in conservation and land-use planning.
Presenters: Tim Howard and Amy Conley, New York Natural Heritage Program; and Nate Nardi-Cyrus, 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.