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

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