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Conservation and Land-Use Planning

For more than two decades, Cornell University's Department of Natural Resources and the Environment and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Hudson River Estuary Program have implemented a joint initiative to conserve important ecosystems in the estuary watershed.

More information about our program is available at the following links:

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Outreach and Technical Assistance

Our team raises awareness about estuary watershed biodiversity and conservation approaches; provides access to current, science-based information; and increases the planning capacity of municipalities and non-profit partners through technical assistance. By exchanging ideas and fostering new collaborations, we have advanced effective practices and policies that will help to sustain the estuary watershed and inspire communities to play an important role in biodiversity conservation.

Examples of program materials and tools include:

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Outcomes of our extension work are reported in the following publications:

Research, Analysis, and Mapping

We've increased our understanding of ecological resources and conservation priorities in the estuary watershed and continue to develop new data and tools in collaboration with scientific partners. Examples include:

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