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  • 1. Habitat mapping in the Town of Woodstock Nava Tabak Gretchen Stevens Hudsonia Ltd
  • 2. Hudsonia’s Biodiversity Resources Center• Town agencies• Land trust organizations• Landowners• Government agencies• Comprehensive plans• Town-wide ordinances• Development proposals• Conservation easements• Management plans
  • 3. Hudsonia’s Biodiversity Resources Center Habitat Mapping
  • 4. Dutchess County, New York Completed habitat maps• East Fishkill• Fishkill and Sprout Creek corridors• Washington• Stanford• Amenia• Rhinebeck• Marbletown (partial)• North East• Poughkeepsie• Pine Plains• Hyde Park (partial)• Beekman• Trout Brook watershed
  • 5. Why habitats?Biological diversity is the variationin nature at all scales: genes,species, biological communities,and ecosystems.
  • 6. Why habitats?Habitat: all the biotic and abioticcomponents that make up theenvironment where an organism orcommunity occurs.Habitat diversity is a goodsurrogate for species diversity.Effective biodiversity conservationfocuses on • species, • their habitats, and • the landscapes that support those habitats.
  • 7. Town of Woodstock
  • 8. Town of Woodstock
  • 9. Methods: existing materials• Soil maps• Bedrock maps• Topographic maps• Aerial photos• Stereophotos• And more…
  • 10. Methods: digitizing
  • 11. Methods: field-verification
  • 12. Methods: correction and extrapolation
  • 13. Methods: map production
  • 14. Ecologically significant habitats • Rare or declining habitats • Habitats that support rare or declining speciesfen acidic bogkettle shrub pool oak-heath barren
  • 15. Ecologically significant habitats • Common habitats • Complexes of connected habitatsupland forest upland meadowmarsh & swamp intermittent stream
  • 16. Final products• Large-format wall maps• Report – habitat descriptions – priorities for conservation – management recommendations• Computer (GIS) files
  • 17. Methods: Analysis• Far-ranging mammals and forest interior-breeding birds• Forested watersheds and groundwater resources Photo: Peter Schoenberger
  • 18. Methods: Analysis
  • 19. Using the maps• Town-wide planning• Review of site- specific proposals• Resource for landowners and land trusts
  • 20. WatershedsN
  • 21. Summary• Comprehensive: uplands and wetlands, rare and common habitats
  • 22. Summary• Comprehensive: uplands and wetlands, rare and common habitats• Water resources: habitat maps are more inclusive and accurate than existing wetland map resources
  • 23. Summary• Comprehensive: uplands and wetlands, rare and common habitats• Water resources: habitat maps are more inclusive and accurate than existing wetland map resources• Scale: appropriate for comprehensive (including watershed) and site specific planning
  • 24. HudsoniaA non-profit institute P.O. Box 66Red Hook, NY 12571 845-758-0600 www.hudsonia.org