Program Work Team
Biodiversity and Habitat Conservation


Woods in Your Backyard
Webinar series and field trip - Part 2
For landowners and homeowners in the Hudson River Estuary Watershed

Although we often think about vast forests as the conservation ideal, even patchworks of smaller “backyards” can be important natural assets. The vast majority of land owners in New York State have less than 20 acres. With good stewardship planning, this land—wooded or not—can have even greater value.

By enhancing or creating natural areas and woods on your property, you can enjoy recreation, scenery, wildlife, and good water quality.  By looking at how your property connects with other natural areas or potential natural areas, there’s ample opportunity to make an even bigger impact! Owners of even just a few acres can make a positive difference in their environment through planning and implementing simple stewardship practices learned during The Woods In Your Backyard webinar series.

For further information or to register, click the links below, or contact Diana Bryant, at

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The overarching goal of the Program Work Team (PWT) is: To support the sustainable use of biodiversity in the Hudson Valley region, emphasizing voluntary approaches to management.

Objectives of PWT:

  • To improve the knowledge of CCE Educators in the lower Hudson River Valley regarding biodiversity, and the important role biodiversity plays in the quality of life in their communities.
  • To increase the involvement of CCE County Associations in developing, implementing, and evaluating biodiversity-related programs in the region.
  • To facilitate development of new partnerships among CCE educators and other organizations working on biodiversity issues in the region.
  • To initiate interest in conducting biodiversity programming within CCE in additional regions of New York State.
Strategy for achieving objectives:
  • Join Hudson River Terrestrial Habitat and Biodiversity Steering Committee so that we can assist the CCE Associations in identifying potential roles that they can play to help the HRTHB program achieve their outreach goals as identified in their Conservation Framework.
  • Through PWT involvement in the HRTHB Steering Committee, foster new partnerships among CCE Associations and other organizations involved with biodiversity issues in the region.
  • Improve the biodiversity knowledge base of CCE educators and their stakeholders via workshops and web site development.
  • Provide scholarships to encourage CCE collaboration with stakeholders in developing biodiversity-related programs and activities.
  • Disseminate information on biodiversity-related funding opportunities and resources to CCE county associations.

Cornell Cooperative Extension in the Department of Natural Resources