Webinars and Workshops

Conservation and Land Use 101 Webinar

Best Practices for Local Environmental Reviews

Reviews and approvals of most land development and subdivision projects are carried out at the local level by municipal planning boards and zoning boards of appeal. This webinar will address how to obtain natural resource information for a site, techniques for map interpretation, and effective ways to incorporate conservation principles for significant habitats, wildlife, and water resources into those reviews. Building a collaborative relationship between the reviewing agency and the applicant from the earliest stage of project planning can lead to a speedier review process and improve project outcomes.

Presenter: Gretchen Stevens, Hudsonia Ltd.

Recognizing that in-person training programs will not be possible for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19, we are offering municipal training credit for this program and other webinars going forward. Webinar attendees will receive an email confirming attendance, which may be submitted locally for municipal planning or zoning board training credit.

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 at http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5094.html#Training. Follow the link to find materials from past webinars including:

  • Hudson Valley Forest Condition Index (May 2020)
  • Natural Heritage Important Areas (April 2020)
  • Wetland Conservation: What do we have to lose? (March 2020)
  • Stormwater Management (February 2020)
  • Biodiversity Conservation (November 2019)
  • Introduction to Habitats of the Hudson Valley (October 2019)
  • Conservation Advisory Councils and Boards (September 2019)


Ed Spevak, Ph.D.: Curator of Invertebrates, Saint Louis Zoo; and Director, Center for Native Pollinator Conservationdiscusses the interdependent relationship between monarchs and their native habitat and explores key considerations for monarch conservation.

For more information, go to https://www.pollinator.org/webinars (link).

The Learn Your Land - CCEDC Webinar Series is archived at   http://ccedutchess.org/events/2020/06/02/learn-your-land-webinar-series (link)