About the plan

CLC gratefully acknowledges the stakeholders, named below, who devoted their time and energy to this plan over the course of a year of unusual challenges. We extend our thanks to Ingrid Haeckel and Nate Nardi-Cyrus at the Hudson River Estuary Program for their participation and thoughtful guidance throughout the project. We are grateful to Karen Strong, Strong Outcomes, LLC and Larissa Read, Common Ground Consulting, LLC who developed and led a planning process inspired by the idea that the process is as important as the resulting plan.

Stakeholder committee
Town of Claverack:  John Bradley and Katy Flammia
Town of Copake: Cara Boyle, Mary Ann Carrick, Tom Feeney 
Town of Hillsdale: Larry Kadish, David Lewis, Tony LaSalvia
Other stakeholders: Etienne Bissonette, Kenny Preusser

Sachem Hawk Storm of Schaghticoke First Nations and Dylan Meyer of Hudson participated in early stakeholder meetings.

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What is the Taghkanic Headwaters and how was the plan created?

An introduction to the Taghkanic Headwaters region and the conservation planning process. Key terms and concepts are defined, and the stakeholder process is described, as are the shared values that became the plan’s vision.

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Why is it important to protect the Taghkanic Headwaters?

Information about the forests, wetlands, and water of the Taghkanic Headwaters region, based on a compilation of existing information about these resources. 

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How do we achieve a connected Taghkanic Headwaters?

A roadmap for achieving the Taghkanic Headwaters vision. It includes three goals, which are steps toward implementing the vision for forests, water, and community. Each goal includes specific actions and outcomes that can be assessed to show progress.

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How do we protect this important place for people and wildlife?

Tools that residents and landowners, local governments, and community organizations can use to implement the goals and actions. Tools include education, community science, land protection, municipal land-use planning and decision-making, and land management. Each tool description includes relevant examples from the Hudson Valley region and resources for more information.

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