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Healthy Habitats Initiative

Our Healthy Habitats Initiative focuses on how individuals can create an environment in their backyard and neighborhood that supports nature and balances our needs with those of other living things. We work to support efforts in urban and suburban neighborhoods that increase the beauty of our surroundings and bring more people outdoors, creating healthier lifestyles, while also sustaining a habitat in which plants and animals can thrive. Events include workshops, open houses, park and river cleanups, tree and garden plantings, and educational talks and tours.  

Hudson River Valley Ramble - September, 2016 - Photo: Robert Goldwitz

Natural Resources Inventory

The Environmental Cooperative is developing a Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) for Poughkeepsie that will provide baseline information on natural resources, including parks, tributaries to the Hudson, the Poughkeepsie waterfront and city trees. Hudsonia is partnering with us to identify and map Poughkeepsie’s habitats.  While NRIs have a standard set of components, we are also including sections specific to Poughkeepsie, such as an assessment of the health of the City’s ash trees and a management plan for Emerald Ash Borer, which threatens our ash population.

This project has been funded in part by a grant from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund through the Hudson River Estuary Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Mapping Emerald Ash Borer in the City of Poughkeepsie

Emerald Ash Borer Information



Assessing Urban Ash Trees - Summer 2017

Education

The Cooperative offers educational field trips to the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve. For more information about these programs, contact Jen Rubbo.