Starting in 2017, we worked with representatives from Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources to provide technical assistance to the Putnam Valley Commission for the Conservation of the Environment as they developed a Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) for their town. Officially adopted in early 2019, the completed Putnam Valley NRI consists of more than two-dozen GIS maps with supporting narrative reports and data showing various natural, cultural and historical features of the town. These maps and reports are available as an educational resource for the community and as a planning tool for Putnam Valley municipal leaders. In general, NRIs are an important building block of municipal comprehensive plans as they provide a foundation for open space planning, natural resource planning and zoning.
This project is a partnership project among the Putnam Valley Commission for Conservation of the Environment, Hudson Highlands Land Trust and Cornell University Department of Natural Resources, with funding from the Environmental Protection Fund through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program.