Our annual Community Forum takes place in April each year and focuses on a topic in sustainability as it relates to land conservation. This free event is open to the public and includes a moderated panel discussion with experts, a series of interactive breakout sessions, and the opportunity to browse information tables on the featured topic.
Previous forum topics include:
2018: The Taste of Sprawl on how land-use decisions can impact our drinking water supply and how we can protect this essential resource
2017: Deer?! Oh Dear! on the impact of deer overpopulation on our environment and ways to mitigate it
2016: Healthy Yards, Healthy Woods on the connection between individual yard maintenance and a healthy environment
2015: Food for Thought on shopping, cooking and eating sustainably
2014: Bright Ideas to Save Money and Resources on energy conservation
2013: Protecting the Highlands from Alien Invaders on invasive plants and insects
2012: From Peas to Bees on raising farm fresh foods in your own backyard
2019 Community Forum
Our annual Community Forum will take place on Sunday, April 14th, from 1 to 4 pm at the Old VFW Hall in Cold Spring. This year’s forum, Wildlife Through the Hidden Lens, will focus on how scientists are using camera trapping technology to better understand our natural world and how local residents can use technology to discover wildlife in their own backyards.
Join us to learn about:
• The secret lives of regional wildlife through stunning photography and video footage
• Ongoing scientific studies on public conserved lands that are using camera traps to track rarely-spotted animals like the Golden Eagle and Fisher
• How you can use technology to capture wildlife in your own backyard and contribute to scientific research
Director, Trailside Museums & Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park
Dr. Scott LaPoint
Research Scientist, Black Rock Forest
Invasive Species Citizen Science Program Coordinator, Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM)
The forum is free for the community, but we suggest a donation of $10, which can be made through Eventbrite, click here or at the door.
Advance registration is required.
2018 Community Forum
The Taste of Sprawl: A Water Discussion—was a success! More than 120 people participated in the April 15th forum on local water issues at the Highlands Country Club. In addition to municipal leaders and community members from across the Hudson Highlands, State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef was in attendance and gave opening remarks on the State’s initiatives to protect our drinking water.
The morning panel, with speakers from the Hudson Valley Regional Council, Riverkeeper, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary program, Quassaick Creek Watershed Alliance and The Chazen Companies, focused on the relationship between land use and water quality. After the panel and lunch, there were lively breakout sessions on Newburgh, Philipstown and Beacon water issues.
You can read a brief recap in the Putnam County News & Recorder. The event program, with bios for all speakers, and a video of the morning panel discussion are now available.
Special thanks to all our speakers, community volunteers, and everyone that attended for making it such a successful day!