Habitat mapping in the Town of Woodstock Nava Tabak Gretchen Stevens Hudsonia Ltd
Hudsonia’s Biodiversity Resources Center• Town agencies• Land trust organizations• Landowners• Government agencies• Comprehensive plans• Town-wide ordinances• Development proposals• Conservation easements• Management plans
Hudsonia’s Biodiversity Resources Center Habitat Mapping
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
Why habitats?Biological diversity is the variationin nature at all scales: genes,species, biological communities,and ecosystems.
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.
Summary• Comprehensive: uplands and wetlands, rare and common habitats
Summary• Comprehensive: uplands and wetlands, rare and common habitats• Water resources: habitat maps are more inclusive and accurate than existing wetland map resources
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
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