Land & Water

Essential Conservation - page in draft

Land and water - the basis for life on Earth. We'll address ways to protect natural resources in your municipality and discuss pressing issues affecting the health of our state's ecosystems.

Land Use

Making Your Municipal Environmental Committee Successful: How to maximize your committee's advisory impact
Friday, Oct. 22, 10am
Joy Squires, Chair of Town of Huntington Conservation Board (ex-president of NYSACC); Simon Skolnik, Chair of Town of Bedford Conservation Board (president of NYSACC);
John Rhodes, Chair of Town/Village of Mt Kisco (board member of NYSACC) and one other TBA.

How to maximize your committee's advisory impact by using State Environmental Quality Review Act and SEQRA.

Resilience through Mitigation and Adaptation: Two Projects.
Friday, Oct. 22, 2pm

Drawdown Bedford, the nonprofit Bedford 2030's new community carbon sequestration project, quantifies all types of land use as pertains to sequestering carbon dioxide. Mianus River Gorge Preserve's Creating Forest Islands project restores forest health through the natural process of succession, the removal of invasive plants and vines, an intervention plan to eradicate the hemlock woolly adelgid, and a tree-planting strategy that creates islands of trees in the newer, post-agricultural forest.


Managing Water in the Landscape

Friday, Oct. 22, 11am

Dr. Daniel Van Abs, Rutgers University

The climate crisis is bringing more intense precipitation plus intermittent drought. More info coming soon.

Too Much Water, Too Little Water: Building Community Resilience to Flooding and Drought

Friday, Oct. 22, 2pm

Janice Whitney, EPA WaterSense

With climate disruption delivering both extreme precipitation as well as intermittent drought, what can CACs and sustainability committees do to help their communities adapt to flooding and other water-related climate change impacts? Topics will include: programs that create resilient, nature-based infrastructure solutions to manage stormwater runoff and help reduce flooding and pollution; and programs that encourage water conservation and efficiency, which can help communities both deal with drought and also contribute to municipal energy savings.

Janice Whitney currently serves as the EPA's WaterSense Liaison and Sustainability Advisor for the State Revolving Fund.

Health of the Urban Forest

Threats to Urban Forests

Saturday, Oct. 23, 10am

Taro Ietaka, Westchester County Department of Parks

Beech leaf disease, emerald ash borer, spotted lanternfly and woolly adelgid: NYS is losing entire forests. A discussion of diseases, pests and pathogens threatening trees in the Northeast. Discussion will include ways for municipalities to mitigate the economic and cultural impact of the collapse of single tree species – or three.

Climate Change Mitigation and Trees

Saturday, Oct. 23, 1pm

George Profous, NYS DEC

This panel will include practical ways municipalities can protect mature trees and fund and maintain new tree plantings. Panel will address communications and collaboration within your municipality, review model tree ordinances from around the state that your municipality can adopt, and discuss how to engage residents with these programs.


We are in what some call the 6th mass extinction, mainly as a result of habitat loss. Habitats can be destroyed through development, climate change, pollution, and invasive species. We'll take a look at two drivers of habitat loss that CACs can do something about.

The Birds & the Bees (the talk your father never gave you)

Saturday, Oct. 23, 10am
Dan Raichel, NRDC

Dan will explain the science behind the harm posed by neonicotinoid pesticides (“neonics”) to biodiversity and their surprising prevalence. These popular pesticides contaminate New York soil, water, and plant life on a nearly unprecedented scale, raising alarm bells not just for the birds and bees, but also a whole host of wildlife, clean water, and even our own health. Dan will also share information on legislation we can impact—the New York Birds & Bees Protection Act— a bill currently under review that would eliminate the vast majority of neonics entering New York’s environment by prohibiting wasteful and unnecessary neonic uses.

Saturday, 10/23, 10am

Invasive Species, Biodiversity, and Grass-roots Activism

Saturday, Oct. 23, 1pm

Carolynn Sears, The Invasives Project-Pound Ridge

Invasive plants, animals, and other organisms cause harm to human health, the economy, and/or the environment. Impacts to the diversity of our natural communities are increasingly evident. Learn what can be done at the local level with little money and the efforts of a few committed people to address this challenge. The Invasives Project-Pound Ridge (Tip-PR), a grass-roots campaign established in 2021, is closely affiliated with the town’s Pollinator Pathway. Hear

about the ongoing outreach and education activities of TIP and take away practical ideas for your community.

The mission of The Invasives Project-Pound Ridge is to protect the natural beauty of Pound Ridge, preserve wildlife habitat, encourage the use of native plant species, and limit the spread of invasive species.