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Caring for the land: Cary Institute and Dutchess Land Conservancy to host special forum

Millbrook, N.Y. - Interested in protecting and promoting healthy forests and open spaces, now and for future generations? Learn how science-based stewardship can keep Hudson Valley landscapes vital in a special forum being offered by the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and the Dutchess Land Conservancy.

On Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ecologists and conservation experts will provide insight into the threats our forests and natural areas face – from invasive species and climate change to deer overabundance – and actions that can be taken to preserve the land. A closing roundtable will spotlight how regional sporting and conservation communities can work together to advance common goals.

Speakers and topics will include:

  • From Forests to Farms, and Back Again: Land Use Change in the Hudson Valley, Charles Canham, Forest Ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  • Preserving Open Land with Conservation Easements, Becky Thornton, President, Dutchess Land Conservancy
  • Pests, Pathogens, and the Future of Hudson Valley Forests, Gary Lovett, Forest Ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  • Deer Hunting and Forest Health, Raymond Winchcombe, Wildlife Ecologist, Emeritus, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  • Outdoor Sporting and Land Conservation: A Roundtable Discussion on Common Ground, Tim Bontecou, President, Tamarack Preserve;
  • Becky Thornton; Raymond Winchcombe; Paul Fersen, Orvis Sandanona  

Free and open to the public, the event will be held in the Cary Institute’s auditorium, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44), Millbrook, NY. Register online at, email, or call (845) 677-7600 x325. Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

Attending this forum may qualify towards 3.5 hours of New York State required municipal training credit. Certificates for full participation will be available at the end of the session, which can be presented to your municipality for their approval.

Co-sponsored by the Dutchess County Planning Federation with additional support provided by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.