Ulster County to host two natural resources workshops as part of Green New Deal – Daily Freeman
KINGSTON, NY — Ulster County will host public workshops Nov. 14-16 on developing a natural resource inventory and municipal toolkit for Ulster County.
The County Natural Resources Inventory will meet to provide information and solicit public input which will be used to gather information on natural features such as waterways, wetlands, forests, wildlife, landscapes and recreational assets and provide an important basis for informed land use planning and decision making. The natural resource inventory was planned as essential to the Green New Deal plan for Ulster County.
“In developing a Green New Deal for Ulster County, we felt it was essential to ensure that where and how we position our environment for economic development, tourism and recreation, production and housing are compatible with the continued health of resources and the ecosystem,” Acting Ulster County Manager Johanna Contreras said in a press release announcing the workshops.
“Including the public is an important first step in developing a county-wide Natural Resource Inventory (NRI) that is aligned with our goals of protecting our drinking water, identifying areas that can support development and needed housing, solar project sites and the safe return of brownfields to productive use,” she said.
As part of its natural resource inventory, the county will provide online mapping applications and a municipal toolkit to centralize and simplify access to current natural resource information for the public, municipal leaders, planners, conservation organizations, economic developers and educators.
The public workshops will give stakeholders and the community the opportunity to learn about the project, help shape the vision and provide information on natural resources in the early stages of project implementation. to provide information and solicit feedback
The first workshop will be held in person on Monday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Rosendale Recreation Center (1055 Rt 32. Rosendale); the second will be a virtual public workshop on Wednesday, November 16 at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. These are free events, but registration is required (space is limited at the in-person event). Visit https://bit.ly/3WOV0Qx to register and find out more.
The project was funded by a grant to Ulster County from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund through the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program of New York State.