Ulster County seeks feedback on development of a natural resources inventory project 

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KINGSTON – Ulster County will hold two public workshops on November 14th and 16th to provide information and seek input on the development of a Natural Resources Inventory and Municipal Toolkit for the county.

The county’s natural resources inventory will assemble information on natural features such as streams, wetlands, forests, wildlife, scenic and recreational assets and provide a foundation for informed land-use planning and decision-making.

“In mapping out a Green New Deal for Ulster County, we felt it essential to ensure that where and how we position our environment for economic development, tourism and recreation, energy production and housing is compatible with ongoing resource and ecosystem health,” said Acting Ulster County Executive Johanna Contreras. “Including the public is an important first step in developing a countywide Natural Resources Inventory that is aligned with our goals to protect our drinking water, identify areas that can support development and needed housing, site solar projects and safely return brownfield sites to productive use.”

The first event will be held in person on Monday, November 14 at 7 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. Registration is required (space is limited at the in-person event). Visit https://natural-resources-inventory-ulstercounty.hub.arcgis.com/ to register and learn more.

`This project was funded by a grant to the county from the State Environmental Protection Fund through the Hudson River Estuary Program of the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

For more information, contact the Ulster County Department of the Environment at (845) 338-7287 or visit https://natural-resources-inventory-ulstercounty.hub.arcgis.com/.