Conservation

  • 914.666.4434 – Planning Office
  • Nine member board,  2-year term appointment
  • Typically meets the second Thursday of each month at 425 Cherry Street.  See Meeting Calendar for a schedule of meetings.
    2018 Annual Report

CURRENT MEMBERS

Simon Skolnik, Chair
Dan Farkas
David Beckett
Janeen Sudaka-Karlsson
Anne C. Kronenberg                     
Rosemary T. Lee
Frank Pizzurro
Susan Roos, Associate
Betsy Weir

MEMBERS EMERITUS

Marian Rose

The Town Board created the Conservation Advisory Council in 1969 to act as the town’s advisor on open space issues.  In 1975, after the Council produced an Open Space Index, the Town Board elevated the Council to Board status.  In this role it provides environmental and conservation related information to the Town Board, the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Wetlands Control Commission, as well as other town agencies and departments.

Over the past several years the Conservation Board’s efforts have resulted in: ridgeline protection legislation; revision of the Town’s exterior lighting ordinance;  an inventory of lakes and ponds within the Town;  a model rain garden in front of the Town Hall;  recognizing conservation achievements on the part of individuals, groups and private companies through its Green Award; and, a biodiversity study of the entire Town.

Additionally, the Board is engaged in collaborative efforts on both regional and state levels.  We participate in the Environmental Leaders Learning Alliance at Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining, NY.  Our Board is a member of the New York State Association of Conservation Commissions, which is the umbrella group of all conservation commissions throughout New York State.

Tree and Planting Program Launching the most ambitious tree maintenance and planting program in Bedford history, the Davey Resource Group, a national natural resource consultancy group, will present to the Town Board at its June 4 meeting the report of its tree inventory of Bedford’s public lands.   The report and recommendation are the culmination of nearly a year-long process funded by a $50,000 grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation which the late Fred Pollack of the Conservation Board secured at the behest of the Town Board.  The Town Board has committed in its Capital Plan for each of 2019, 2020 and 2021 $50,000 for removal and trimming of hazardous trees as well as $15,000 for tree plantings.   The Town will be working closely with the Conservation Board and the Tree Advisory Committee in implementing the plans.
6.4.2019 The Davey Resources Report

Currently, the Board is supporting legislation to limit the use of plastic shopping bags and Styrofoam containers;  organizing efforts to combat invasive vines;  and, participating in the revisions to  the Town’s Master Plan as it relates to environmental and conservation issues.

Residents interested in hiking trails and walkways in and around Bedford will find useful information on this website’s Parks, Trails and Open Space page under Resources: Click here .
Town of Bedford Additional Trails and Associated Trail Systems in Proximity to the Town
Town of Bedford Biodiversity Habitat Map

Coyotes  NEW
Coexisting with Coyotes and Hazing Guide
Information from DEC on Coyote Conflicts