Meet Your Board of Directors

Greetings fellow environmentalists! My name is Kathryn Vellone, and this past October I was elected as the new Secretary for NYSACC. I reside in Elbridge, NY, where I’m an active member of the town’s Environmental Commission. I am a 2017 graduate of Paul Smith’s College (Natural Resources/Sustainability and Geographic Information Systems), and work in Cayuga County as a GIS Specialist. In my spare time, I enjoy lots of outdoor adventures, horseback riding, playing musical instruments, and cooking. My involvement with the Town of Elbridge Environmental Commission started nearly ten years ago, when a member began recruiting local students to assist with water quality sampling at nearby streams. After participating in several of these outings and exemplifying my interest in conservation and the outdoors, I was invited to join the Elbridge Environmental Commission as a Student Member. During this time, I realized the importance of local government in decision-making, and was able to form important relationships with neighbors working toward the common goal of protecting local resources. After I graduated from college, I returned home and continued my involvement with the Environmental Commission, willing to apply my education and experience toward making my hometown a more sustainable place to live and

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Local Food Sourcing

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, many CAC’s were most likely already interested in promoting local food sourcing, which includes local farming, community gardens, and home gardening.  This interest was based on your concern that the food supply chain will be changed drastically by the climate crisis.  This pandemic, a fractional event compared to the increasing changes to our climate, is already straining that supply chain, and will be tested surely in the coming weeks and months.  It is clear to us, that food must be sourced locally by not only nearby farmers, but by residents becoming self-sufficient.  The goal for CAC’s is to mesh town resources with our residents needs for nutritious food.  And in the time of Covid, we need to do this with the understanding that our financial resources will be limited. In the following articles, we will discuss community gardens, both on private and public lands, groups that can be consulted on growing nutritious foods ourselves or as a community, and expanding our vision of what a vegetable garden actually provides. And we have a summer reading list too! First, let’s talk about community gardens. Community Gardens On private property. CAC’s role here would be to facilitate

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Meet our new interns

One of the goals NYSACC has set for itself this year is to locate all active CAC’s in New York State. While we are a member financed association, that hasn’t stopped us from contacting non-members and offering any help and assistance they might need. There is no source for this list, other than NYSACC. So, it was with great appreciation that two students have volunteered to work together and contact every municipality in the state to find out if they have a CAC. This master list will be used to send out our quarterly newsletters. We also would like to share this list with the DEC, as they from time to time organize regional meetings of CACs. Knowing the name and location of CACs will provide us with information on the health and well-being of environmental review within the state. Finally, getting nearby CACs to know each other can only help in getting their work done. And we will make this list public on our website.   We’d like to introduce you to these two fine individuals: My name is Brisa and I am a rising senior in High School at Millennium Brooklyn. I love being outdoors as much as

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Focus on a CAC

NYSACC would like to offer its members the opportunity to share with us the things they’ve done and provide us with information we can use. To start the ball rolling, the Town of Bedford Conservation Board presents a few of the things it cares about. Short Description of Bedford The town, composed of three hamlets, Bedford Hills, Bedford Village, and Katonah, is 39.42 square miles, with a population of 17,755 (2018). Although its location is about 40 miles north of New York City, it’s not your typical bedroom community. About 60% of its land is open space (having two NYC reservoirs, one nearly completely in Bedford, does help), and its history is quite unique. Founded in 1680, as a town in Connecticut, it was transferred to New York in a boundary dispute, settled by King William III of England. The town served as the county seat of Westchester County during the American Revolutionary War, until Bedford Village was burned by the British in July 1779. Bedford Village was rebuilt, and is now a national historic district. John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, retired to Bedford, and his home, the Jay Homestead, is a historic state park.

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