Conservation

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The Sunflower Project 2.0
Please pick up your free Sunflower seeds
at the Earth Day Celebration on Sunday May 2.

Please click here to view the gallery of the Sunflowers from 2020!

 

Create a Home Garden

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Town of Bedford Tree Management Report

Tree and Planting
Program
Launching the most ambitious tree maintenance and planting program in Bedford history, the Davey Resource Group, a national natural resource consultancy group, will present to the Town Board at its June 4 meeting the report of its tree inventory of Bedford’s public lands.   The report and recommendation are the culmination of nearly a year-long process funded by a $50,000 grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation which the late Fred Pollack of the Conservation Board secured at the behest of the Town Board.

The Town Board has committed in its Capital Plan for each of 2019, 2020 and 2021 $50,000 for removal and trimming of hazardous trees as well as $15,000 for tree plantings.

The Town will be working closely with the Conservation Board and the Tree Advisory Committee in implementing the plans.

Hiking Trails
Residents interested in hiking trails and walkways in and around Bedford  Click here

Coyotes
Coexisting with Coyotes and Hazing Guide
Information from DEC on Coyote Conflicts

 

 

Conservation Board Mission Statement: The Bedford Conservation Board is committed to working locally to improve the environmental health of all of our community and to foster a resilient future for our town and the world. Our mission is to serve as an advisory board to the Town of Bedford as well as to engage and inform the public of important environmental issues.   The Conservation Board provides recommendations on proposed projects, plans and policies to further environmentally sound practices, both for the town and the community.

The Town Board created the Conservation Advisory Council in 1969 to act as the town’s advisor on open space issues.  In 1975, after the Council produced an Open Space Index, the Town Board elevated the Council to Board status.

In this role it provides environmental and conservation related information to the Town Board, the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Wetlands Control Commission, as well as other town agencies and departments.

Over the past several years the Conservation Board’s efforts have resulted in: ridgeline protection legislation; revision of the Town’s exterior lighting ordinance;  an inventory of lakes and ponds within the Town;  a model rain garden in front of the Town Hall;  recognizing conservation achievements on the part of individuals, groups and private companies through its Green Award; and, a biodiversity study of the entire Town.

Additionally, the Board is engaged in collaborative efforts on both regional and state levels.  We participate in the Environmental Leaders Learning Alliance at Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining, NY.  Our Board is a member of the New York State Association of Conservation Commissions, which is the umbrella group of all conservation commissions throughout New York State.

Currently, the Board is supporting legislation to limit the use of plastic shopping bags and Styrofoam containers;  organizing efforts to combat invasive vines;  and, participating in the revisions to  the Town’s Master Plan as it relates to environmental and conservation issues.

CURRENT MEMBERS
Please note: live links are green
Simon Skolnik, Chair
Dan Farkas
David Beckett
Jake Chintz, Associate
Leslie Dock, Associate
Gentian Falstrom
Janeen Sudaka-Karlsson
Anne C. Kronenberg                     
Rosemary T. Lee
Frank Pizzurro
Susan Roos, Associate
Betsy Weir

MEMBERS EMERITUS
Marian Rose

Typically meets at 7:30 PM the second Thursday of each month via Zoom until further notice.

Please click here for Town Calendar for log in details.

The Conservation Board meeting schedule for 2021 

January 14
February 11
March 11
April 8
May 13
June 10
July 8
No meeting in August
September 9
October 14
November 11
December 9

Also posted on the Town Meeting Calendar 

 

Create a Home Garden
Growing your own food has been with us for at least 10,000 years.  Many of us still plant our vegetable gardens,  a practice that over time has been transformed from an art into a science.  As we face climate change, and the possibilities of impacts to our food supply, it makes a great deal of sense to become more self-reliant and develop our own resources.

Food growing, whether on your own property or in a community garden, is a way we can control at least one of the uncertainties facing us in the years ahead.

Please click on this link: Create a Home Garden  which was created by the Westchester County government.

Why We Should be Thinking About Trees Right Now

By Simon Skolnik, Chair, Bedford Conservation Board

Trees have gotten a lot of good press recently.

They have been touted as holding out the easiest way to reduce green house gases by their ability to draw in carbon dioxide in a process commonly known as carbon sequestering,  and release oxygen during photosynthesis.   Trees are universally acknowledged as providing “free” community services, such as flood control, keeping our air clean, holding soil in place,  reducing ground-level wind speeds, cooling the air as they lose moisture, reflecting
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The Generation Oak
Tree Planting Ceremony
October 21, 2020
Click here for video and photos

Links

The Sunflower Project 2.0
Please pick up your free Sunflower seeds
at the Earth Day Celebration on Sunday May 2.

Please click here to view the gallery of the Sunflowers from 2020!

Like us on Facebook

Town of Bedford Tree Management Report

Create a Home Garden

Tree and Planting
Program
Launching the most ambitious tree maintenance and planting program in Bedford history, the Davey Resource Group, a national natural resource consultancy group, will present to the Town Board at its June 4 meeting the report of its tree inventory of Bedford’s public lands.   The report and recommendation are the culmination of nearly a year-long process funded by a $50,000 grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation which the late Fred Pollack of the Conservation Board secured at the behest of the Town Board.

The Town Board has committed in its Capital Plan for each of 2019, 2020 and 2021 $50,000 for removal and trimming of hazardous trees as well as $15,000 for tree plantings.

The Town will be working closely with the Conservation Board and the Tree Advisory Committee in implementing the plans.

Hiking Trails
Residents interested in hiking trails and walkways in and around Bedford  Click here

Coyotes
Coexisting with Coyotes and Hazing Guide
Information from DEC on Coyote Conflicts

 

 

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