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Conservation Advisory Council



The Conservation Advisory Council meets on the second Tuesday of the month.


The CAC was created by the Town of Danby in June, 2010, and first met in January, 2011. Its purpose and authority, structure and membership, and funding are described in Resolution 2010-082. The CAC is permitted to have between 5 and 9 members.


One of the ways the Conservation Advisory Council helps to protect land in Danby is through the Danby Conservation Easement Program.  The CAC is searching for landowners interested in preserving and protecting their land from future development.  The Danby conservation easement is a flexible way for landowners to protect their land in perpetuity – forever, in a word.  A CAC member works with the landowner to help them determine the desired level of protection.  Ownership and use remain with the landowner, but easement limitations pass on with sale of the property to future owners. Please see the Conservation Easement Fact Sheet and other helpful documents below.


If you are interested in a conservation easement for your land, Danby’s Conservation Advisory Council can help.  Please contact Clare Fewtrell, CAC Chair, at , or any other member of the CAC.


Clare Fewtrell ()
Term: expires 12/31/2021
H. Katharine Hunter ()
Term: expires 12/31/2021
Don Schaufler ()
Term: expires 12/31/2020
Mary Woodsen ()
Term: expires 12/31/2021
Ruth Sherman
Term: expires 12/31/2020
George Adams
Term: expires 12/31/2020
Joel Gagnon ()
Term: expires 12/31/2021
Jonathan Zisk ()
Term: Term: expires 12/31/2022
Betsy Keokosky Secretary ()
Creating a Natural Resources Inventory
A natural resources inventory (NRI) compiles
and describes important naturally occurring resources such as forests,
wetlands, surface and ground waters, and farmland within a given locality
(e.g., municipality, watershed, or region). Cultural resources, such as
historic sites, scenic vistas, and recreation areas, are often included in an
NRI, as well. Information is usually presented in a series of maps and an
accompanying report with narrative descriptions, supporting data tables, and
recommendations. An NRI is essential for comprehensive land-use planning that
proactively considers a community's land and water resources, and provides the
foundation for open space planning and protection, zoning
updates, conservation overlay districts, critical environmental areas, and
other municipal plans and policies.

Creating a
Natural Resources Inventory: A Guide for Communities in the Hudson River
Estuary Watershed was written by the NYSDEC to help municipalities pursue an
NRI by suggesting an approach, recommending components to include, explaining
why they are important, and providing sources of data and assistance. Case
studies from the Hudson Valley and strategies for using the NRI in local
planning are included. The guide was designed for use by municipal and county
officials, (e.g., conservation advisory councils and planning boards),
conservation organizations, watershed associations, and interested citizens, and
may also be useful to professional planners, consultants, and developers.
Limited paper copies are available for municipalities.
2019 CAC Annual Report (PDF - 85.2 KB)
This is a DRAFT Town Board resolution regarding the proposed harvesting of ash trees on West Danby Water District land.
 This natural resource inventory is a Danby-specific, adapted, revised, and updated version of the Tompkins County Natural Resources Inventory (2001) with new sections added, used with permission of the Tompkins County Department of Planning and Sustainability. The Town of Danby Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) presents this Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) to provide a baseline of information for helping Town officials, residents, and developers make informed and environmentally sound land use decisions. The CAC is responsible for developing and maintaining this NRI under New York State General Municipal Law Section 239-x. The data used in this NRI was the most up-to-date information available as of the fall of 2018. Please refer to the PDF for full acknowledgements.  
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