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USCA: Prioritizing NYS Coastal Wetlands for Resilience and Blue Carbon

IconUSCA: Prioritizing NYS Coastal Wetlands for Resilience and Blue CarbonIcon *

October 7, 2020 Webinar  *

New York State through the DEC Office of Climate Change is working with the US Climate Alliance and researchers with Duke University and PlanIt Forward LLC to map and model blue carbon sequestration potential and resilience potential for coastal and estuarine wetlands, including the tidal wetlands in the Hudson River Estuary, Long Island and New York City and how that potential will be affected by sea level rise. The results of the USCA project is a step toward understanding the  potential for storage/conservation of blue carbon for New York.  This workshop was a way for key people representing the regions of New York included in the USCA project to learn of the results and is one step in moving blue carbon research and policy forward.  

Reading Resources: DOWNLOAD PDF *

Webinar Recording HERE *



Welcome / Introductions – Emilie Hauser, NYSDEC Hudson River NERR   

Purpose / Goals for the Workshop – Rob Pirani, NYNJHEP / HRF   DOWNLOAD PDF *

Mapping Coastal Protection and Blue Carbon Using InVEST Models – DOWNLOAD PDF 
            Katie Warnell, Duke University    *

Audience discussion: 



Coastal Vulnerability Scenarios Model (NatureServe Vista) –
Patrick Crist, Plan It Forward   DOWNLOAD PDF  *

Audience discussion: 

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Blue Carbon Research in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System – Heather Gierloff, NYSDEC Hudson River NERR *


 Q and A and discussion    

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Adjourn and Event Evaluation  

Co-Sponsors  *

  • New York City Department of Parks – Natural Resources Group 
  • NY-NJ Harbor and Estuary Program/Hudson River Foundation 
  • Scenic Hudson 
  • Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation:
    • Hudson River Estuary Program/Cornell Water Resources Institute 
    • Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve (HRNERR)
    • Office of Climate Change
Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System

Tivoli Bays Launch Closure – 2020

The canoe and kayak launch on the Kidd Lane access road at Tivoli Bays WMA is closed for renovations until further notice. At this time, DEC does not have an estimated completion date for the project. Please contact Nathan Ermer at 845-256-3047 for more information about this project. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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