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When landowners see the connection between preserving the important resources on their own property, the relationship between their land and the adjoining landscape, and then they combine this with their future goals, the result is a well thought-out plan for the land that benefits the landowner, the community, and the rural and natural environment.

Conservation land planning is the process of identifying important resources on a property, as well as opportunities for well-sited development.  DLC uses its county-wide resource protection inventory and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping capabilities to research and map important features such as farmland soils, wetlands, forest lands, habitats and other natural and scenic resources which are important to protect.

Our professional land analysis has helped hundreds of landowners achieve a better understanding of the unique resource values of their land before making decisions on house siting, protection, sale, or subdivision.  We believe so strongly in the benefits of conservation land planning that we provide these services even if it doesn’t ultimately produce a conservation commitment.

DLC prepares resource analysis and conservation land plans for thousands of acres each year.  Our conservation land planning techniques continue to be used as an example by landowners, towns and the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development.

Locally as DLC sees the threat for development on many area large properties substantially increase, we work to follow these proposals encouraging sensitive designs that fit into the character and fabric of our local towns and that will forever protect the most critical resources that once lost can’t be replaced. DLC also works with municipalities on ways to incorporate conservation land planning into their land use ordinances to achieve the protection of important areas.

Conservation Land Planning:  Frequently Asked Questions