Preserving Rural Character: Free Workshop August 19 in Fabius


Preserving Rural Character
Through Conservation Subdivision Design

Presenter: Randall Arendt

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 | 5 – 8:30 PM
Skyline Lodge, 1254 Highland Park Road, Fabius, NY 13063

Please register by August 15 by calling (315) 422-8276, extension 212 – Jeanie Gleisner, CNY Regional Planning & Development Board.

Open space preserved in a residential subdivision

Hawksnest, Delafield, Waukesha County, Wisconsin

This land use policy workshop describes practical, proven, market-based techniques for protecting rural character and community-wide open space networks through “conservation design” principles in updated zoning and subdivision regulations. Examples illustrate how thousands of acres have been conserved in this manner, at no public cost, and without negative impacts on landowners.

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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants from EPA

We previously reported on this blog about over $2.4 million available in grants from the United States Forest Service for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also released a request for proposals for 2014 GLRI activities. The EPA plans to award $27.5 million for up to 30 projects that will control invasive species, prevent the discharge of nutrients and sediment, and improve water quality in the Great Lakes.

More information is available online at .

Applications will be due Monday, August 25, 2014.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Information Meeting, June 30 in Spafford

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, an invasive insect that infects and can kill hemlock trees, has been in southern Cayuga County since at least 2012 and was recent confirmed on hemlocks in the Town of Niles.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County is hosting a public forum to discuss Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and its impacts on our forests and watershed.

6 – 8 pm, Monday, June 30, 2014
Spafford Town Hall

More information from CCE Onondaga online:

Hemlock branch infected with Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants from U.S. Forest Service

The United States Forest Service has announced a grant funding opportunity for urban forestry projects in the Great Lakes Basin. Organizations active in the watershed of the Great Lakes, including Towns, Villages, and non-profits, are eligible to apply for projects to:

  • Restore urban and community forests ($120,000 total available)
  • Mitigate emerald ash borer impacts ($1,000,000 total available)
  • Reduce toxic substances in brownfield sites ($1,200,000 total available)
  • Develop ecosystem service markets ($100,000 total available)

For more information, visit the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) program webpage at:

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Conservation Easement Workshop, June 11 at Montezuma NWR

Having trouble deciding how to conserve the lands and waters you own? Are you looking to preserve your family land for future generations, but are unsure of your options?

The Finger Lakes Land Trust is hosting a conservation easement workshop in the Visitor Center at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) on Wednesday, June 11 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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Recycle Residential Tires! Tire Round-Up June 21

Tire Round-Up for Cayuga County Residents

8:30 am – 12 noon, Saturday, June 21, 2014
Natural Resource Center, 7413 County House Road, Auburn, New York

Recycle your old tires.

  • Up to 40 tires per household.
  • Tires on and off rims are accepted.

$1.00 per tire up to 30 inch height (outside diameter).
$5.00 per tire 31 to 36 inch height (outside diameter).

No businesses please!
Are you a farm or business with excess tires? Please contact CCE of Cayuga County at (315) 255-1163.

For more information, call (315) 255-1183 or email

Sponsored by:
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County
Cayuga Department of Planning & Economic Development
Cayuga County Soil & Water Conservation District
Cayuga Recycles: Cayuga County Solid Waste Management Department

Cayuga Recycles