Open Space Advisory Committee

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Open Space Advisory Committee Members
  • Tom Denny, Chair
  • Jennifer Hunt Dempsey
  • Tim Holmes
  • John McMahon
  • Dave Miller
  • Maureen Roberts
  • Steve Samuells
Current Projects

Natural Resource Inventory

The City of Saratoga Springs received grant funding through the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to complete a Natural Resource Inventory. Funding was provided in part by Title 15 of the Environmental Protection Fund through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Climate Smart Communities Program with matching funds were provided by the City of Saratoga Springs and volunteer time.

The inventory was developed over two years through a team effort, led by City staff, the Open Space Advisory Committee, and LaBella Associates, the City’s professional consultants. Key contributors include local scientists and resource management experts, members of the City’s Open Space Advisory Committee and Climate Smart Task Force, faculty and staff from Skidmore College, graduate students from the University of Albany, and public input at various stages of the process.

NRI's are composed of listing and descriptions of naturally occurring resources in a community and generally include:
  • Maps showing the location and extent of important resources such as groundwater resources, farmlands, significant wildlife habitat, and other related items.
  • A database of information providing the factual basis for resource management and land use decisions.
  • A narrative summary which describes the NRI goals, summarizes the findings of the inventory, and details the methods used to evaluate the results.
The NRI is the first step to determine the baseline for updating the 2002 Open Space Resource Plan as well as the future creation of a Climate Resiliency and Vulnerability Assessment.

NRI Final Materials:    

NRI Final

NRI Public Workshop 1/31/2019 Presentation:

NRI Public Workshop - 1/31/2019