Susquehanna-Chemung Action Plan -- Agriculture and Forestry

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

Water connects us all...

Support productive working lands that contribute to a healthy landscape.

  • Promote economically-viable agricultural practices that minimize soil loss, recycle nutrients, and protect water resources.
  • Promote sustainable management of the watershed's forests in a manner that provides flood protection and water quality benefits.


Section 8: Agriculture and Forestry

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Good Resources
Agricultural Districts
NYS law authorizes the creation of local agricultural districts to encourage the continued use of farmland for agricultural production.
Agricultural Planning Guidelines
This Broome County publication provides information and sample language to help local planning boards review development applications that affect farmlands.
Cornell Cooperative Extension - Agricultural Resources 
Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) links the research and extension efforts at Cornell University, CU Agricultural Experiment Station in Ithaca, and the NYS Agricultural Experiment Station at Geneva, NY, across New York State to provide the knowledge necessary to maximize the value of our agricultural and natural resources to benefit the quality of life for individuals, families and communities.
Farm Bill Programs
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial assistance to farmers and forest owers through a number of environmental and stewardship programs.
New York Agricultural Land Trust
Non profit organization with a mission to conserve working farmland and promote a greater appreciation for agricultural and forested lands and their associated natural resources.
Reap the Benefits - Otsego County
Agricultural resource website promotes and supports agribusiness in Otsego County.
Graze NY Program and Upper Susquehanna Coalition Grazing Initiative
Assist farmers with the adoption of rotational grazing systems to address water quality, stream sediment, and farm viability issues.
Delaware County Precision Dairy Feed Management Program
Cornell Cooperative Extension gives farmers information and hands-on help to develop customized programs that reduce waste, improve production, and save money.
"A Municipal Official's Guide to Forestry in New York State"
New York State DEC document describing how local governments can use planning and local land use regulations to support forestry and the multiple benefits of forests.
New York's Forest Tax Law Program
Section 480-c of the New York State Real Property Tax Law provides tax relief for forest land owners who commit to following professionally-developed forest management plans.
ForestConnect Program
The Cornell Cooperative Extension ForestConnect website is designed to connect users with the information necessary to ensure the sustainability of private forest land productivity and ecological function.
Watershed Forestry Resource Guide
This website is a clearinghouse for information related to forests and watersheds, including an Urban Watershed Forestry Manual (project of the Center for Watershed Protection and US Forest Service).
Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute
Permaculture is an approach to designing human settlements and agricultural systems that mimic the relationships found in natural ecologies.
NYS Emerald Ash Borer Community Preparedness Plan Development Workbook
Cornell Cooperative Extension document provides guidance for developing a plan to prepare for the arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer or to begin dealing with the many issues that are facing communities where it has already become established.
i-Tree is a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree Tools help communities of all sizes to strengthen their urban forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying the structure of community trees and the environmental services that trees provide.



"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself.
Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air
and giving fresh strength to our people."

- Franklin D. Roosevelt


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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