Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust Strategic Land Conservation Plan
Amundsen III, Ole; Mintier, Sophie; Lathan, Joshua; Norton, Chelsey; Beaudette, Aaron; Svard, Julie; Marciniec, Heather; Duvall, Evan; Dillemuth, Ann; Semler, Conor; Bhakta, Jetal; Singh, Aatisha; Barcher, Camille; Daniels, Jessica
Over the Fall semester of 2006, 13 graduate students undertook the task of creating a Strategic Conservation Plan for Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust (THTLT), based in Watertown, NY. The plan features a series of natural resource inventories as well as a scenic viewshed analysis of the 1.3 million acre Tug Hill plateau. Regional land use history and demographic trends are explored. Using the resource inventories a vision conservation infrastructure was created for featuring recreational corridors, river corridors and wildlife areas. To help land trust decision makers in selecting solid conservation projects, a GIS suitability model was created based the land trust's own land protection criteria. Focus areas or high priority areas for pro-active conservation were outlined and tested using the suitability model. Finally, the Cornell team identified several tools for implementation based on the condition of four separate regions of Tug Hill.
Strategic Conservation Planning; Land Trust; Easements; Tug Hill; Regional Planning; Land Use Planning