- AEM (Agricultural Environmental Management)– a voluntary, incentive-based program that helps farm operators to make common sense, cost-effective, and science-based decisions that help meet business objectives while protecting and conserving the State’s natural resources.
- American Farmland Trust– the only nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting agriculture.
- Agriculture Online-lots of good information from Successful Farming magazine
- Farm Service Agency
- New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
- New York State Office of Real Property Services
- United States Department of Agriculture
- United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Electronic Field Office Technical Guidelines – helps you find technical information about conservation practices for soil, water, air, and related plant and animal resources
Conservation Districts & Partners
- National Association of Conservation Districts
- New York Association of Conservation Districts
- Urban and Community Conservation– what conservation districts can do to conserve resources in urban and community environments
- Forestry– addressing the conservation of private and public forestland
- Climate Change
- New York State Conservation Districts Employees Association
- National Resources Conservation Service– partnership with citizens to conserve and sustain natural resources on private lands.
- National Resources Conservation Service: New York
- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
- Department of Envronmental Conservation: Land and Water – information about New Yorks forests, watersheds, lakes, rivers, estuaries, and more.
- New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee
- Lower Hudson-Long Island Resource Conservation & Development Council– non profit organization whose mission is to help the rural and urban areas grow economically in a way that is still environmentally beneficial.
- The Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts– comprised of eleven soil and water conservation districts working together to conserve water quality and natural resources in the Hudson River Estuary watershed.
- US Army Corps of Engineers
- Hudson Valley Grass Energy
Construction Site Resources
- Certified Professional in Erosion and Sedimentt Control
- Erosion Control Magazine
- International Erosion Control Association– a non profit organization helping members solve the problems caused by erosion and its byproduct- sediment.
- Underground Facilities Protective Organization – call before you dig!
- Cornell Cooperaive Extension of Dutchess County
- Dutchess Land Conservancy
- Institute of Ecosystem Studies
- Hudson River Valley Greenway
- Scenic Hudson
Health and Emergency Agencies
- Federal Emergency Management Agency – Independent federal agency that helps with mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery of emergency situations such as floods, fires, or hazardous spills. See Mapping/GIS links for FEMA’s map service center link.
- New York State Department of Health
- United States Environmental Protection Agency– ‘your community’ section has a lot of information that communities and citizens can use to promote environmental health. If you enter your zip code here, you can find information that ranges from what watershed you live in, to pollution sources in your neighborhood.
- New York Environmental Protection Agency– learn more about missions and plans for New York State to protect human and environmental health
- Climate Change
- Dutchess County Mapping website
- FEMA Map Service Center– flood maps are available by street location or you can look at the whole area by community.
- New York State GIS Clearinghouse
- United States Geological Survey– this is an excellent resource for information on many different topics including biology, geology, and water resources.
- Missouri and Alabama Plants – although these sites are not in New York, the site has great resources of photographs and information for the plants in the United States. The goal of this website is to provide the user with the necessary information to identify plants found growing wild within the political boundaries of the state of Alabama and Missouri.
- New York Flora Atlas– joint effort between the New York Flora Association, New York Natural Heritage Program, New York State Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and other partner herbaria with the goal to provide users with a comprehensive searchable database of the vascular and non-vascular plants of New York State.
- Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control
- Erosion Control Magazine– journal for erosion and sediment control professionals
- EPA’s Watershed Academy-free training on stormwater related topics including soil erosion and sediment control and low impact development principles. Includes a free Watershed Management Training Certification program.
- EPA’s Pollution Control
- NOAA’s Educational Program– Discover Kit focused on nonpoint source pollution (geared to children and young adults, but informative for all)
- New York State DEC stormwater ftp documents site
- NYSDEC’s Calendar of Stormwater Events– includes state funded trainings and workshops
- After the Storm– co-produced by the U.S EPA and The Weather Channel
- Streamer– learn more about stream traces and the places the pass through
- Center for Watershed Protection– stormwater practices and watershed management
- Backyard Conservation Information– ten conservation tip sheets for homeowners and city residents to use in their yards.
- Upstate New York Waterfalls Nature and Photography; Wildlife Guide– great collection of photographs and information of New York wildlife
- Federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Model Ordinances to Protect Local Resources– model ordinancecs are a good guide for municipalities looking to strengthen their protection of natural resources and economic base.
- Glynwood Center-helping communities integrate economic development with conservation of their natural resources and cultural heritage.
- Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics’ Community Assistance Home Page– helps you understand more about pollution and toxins and what environmental data means to you and your family.
- Private Land Owner Network (PLN)– simple and effective means for landowners to connect with qualified, often local, professionals to navigate the compex ins and outs of real estate transactions, tax and estate planning, and regional land conservation activities. The PLN resource database contains local land trusts, nonprofit conservation organizations, and other folks out there who are in the business to help you fulfill your conservation objectives.