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New Video: Critical Environmental Areas

Now more than ever, communities recognize the value of having access to nature for recreation and rejuvenation. But long before this season of social distancing, municipalities in the Hudson estuary watershed pursued plans and policies to conserve natural areas for many additional reasons, including biodiversity, clean water, and climate adaptation.

Video screenshot with play arrow. Title: Conserving Nature in Your Community: Critical Environmental AreasDEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program has just released a new video, Conserving Nature in Your Community: Critical Environmental Areas, to showcase the Town of Wawarsing’s leadership as a model in local conservation planning. Following a multi-year process to inventory and prioritize its natural areas, the Ulster County town took important steps to conserve its ecological assets and quality-of-life for residents. First, the town utilized critical environmental area (CEA) designation to help protect the exceptional and unique character of a large wetland complex and an important landscape connection between the Catskills and Shawangunk Ridge. Soon after, the town adopted the NYS Climate Smart Communities (CSC) pledge to formalize its continuing commitment to being a resilient community. This process is captured in the video through interviews with local officials and footage of the beautiful town.

The town of Wawarsing received technical assistance and grant funding from the Estuary Program to complete its open space inventory, open space plan, and implementation actions. The Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Adaptation Inspiration video series on DEC's YouTube channel introduces actions in the CSC certification program through the work of inspirational communities and partners in the estuary watershed.
A view of the Shawangunk Ridge with a beautiful field of yellow flowers in the foreground.

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