Susquehanna-Chemung Action Plan -- Plants and Wildlife

An Ecosystem-Based Watershed Management Plan
for the
Susquehanna and Chemung Basins of New York

Water connects us all...

Preserve the rich diversity of plant and animal life.

  • Create, protect, and restore high quality lake, stream, and wetland habitats.
  • Maintain the integrity of native ecosystems by protecting rare plants and animals, controlling invasive species, and protecting large blocks of dominant plant communities.


Section 9:  Plants and Wildlife

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Good Resources
"Conserving Natural Areas and Wildlife in Your Community"
This guide by the NYS DEC describes how to find biological information about your community and the tools and techniques that local governments can use to conserve natural areas and wildlife.
Managing the Water's Edge:  Making Natural Connections
User-friendly guide assists with protecting riparian (streamside) corridors for multiple functions. Includes information about suitable buffer widths for different functions, clearly showing that for wildlife, wider is better.
NYS Freshwater Wetlands Program
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation protects wetlands by regulating activities that could have a negative impact on the functions of wetlands identified on NYS Wetland Maps.
NY Natural Heritage Conservation Guides
Conservation Guides provide population trends, habitat information, conservation strategies, information about identification, and other useful resources for hundreds of individual plant and animal species and biological communities.
NYS Natural Heritage Program
Facilitates conservation of New York's biodiversity by providing information and scientific expertise about rare species and natural ecosystems.  Resources include:  Ecological Communities of NYS and information about rare plants and animals. Related resources include: NYS Breeding Bird Atlas and NYS Amphibian and Reptile Atlas.
New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse
Science-based information about how to prevent, detect, control, and manage biological invaders in New York.
Nuisance and Invasive Species
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation provides information to assist with preventing and controling wildlife damage.
New York's Watchable Wildlife
Resource for planning wildlife viewing includes a list of good wildlife viewing sites and information about where to look for different wildlife species.  Another tool is the New York Nature Explorer, which can help to find out what animals and plants have been found in your neighborhood (not compatible with all browsers).
Birds of the Chemung Valley
The Chemung Valley Audubon Society provides a list of the birds in our area.


"Our task must be to free ourselves
by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures
and the whole of nature in its beauty."

- Albert Einstein


Learn More

Additional information, references, and recommended actions may be added to these page as the plan is implemented and updated. If you would like to get involved and share resources or suggestions, please contact a member of the ad hoc Advisory Committee or STC staff, Chelsea Robertson (; 607-962-5092). Learn more about the Suquehanna-Chemung Action Plan by selecting issues from the menu on the left. Other resources include a Project Summary handout, information about Ecosystem-Based Management, and a document library with minutes and other information.

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