Natural Resource Inventory (NRI)

Welcome to the Columbia County Natural Resources Inventory!

The County Environmental Management Council, under New York State law, is charged with creating a Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) as an information resource. The purpose is to inform planning for the future in ways that support the County’s natural assets and the benefits they provide. The NRI will summarize and analyze existing data about the physical, biological, and cultural aspects of the natural environment that shape Columbia County’s landscape. It will identify lands supporting community resilience in a changing climate and resources that are sensitive to changes in land use. The final product will be a document with a series of maps available through this webpage.


Help show off the County’s best water, land, and wildlife resources by submitting photos for the Columbia County Natural Resources Inventory!  The Natural Resources Inventory will inform planning for the future in ways that support the County’s natural assets and the benefits they provide. To bring it to life, we need your help. Submit your nature photos for inclusion in the document. A selection of the photos we receive will be included in the document or posted to the project website.

What kind of photos are desired?  Plants and animals, fungi, streams, lakes, waterfalls, ponds, wetlands, forests, hills, valleys, mountains, geologic features. Photos with people and nature are very welcome, too! Subjects that are not usually captured on film will be especially prized. Please, remember to exercise care for yourself and be protective of wildlife when photographing subjects in nature.

Instructions on submitting photos: Submit photos as image files electronically to Theresa Mayhew, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia & Greene Counties, at; (518) 828-3346 x204. Desired resolution is at least 100 dpi; 300 is preferred. Please include the following information in your message:

·         the name of the photographer,

·         location where the photo was taken (hamlet, village, city, or town),

·         date of the photo,

·         a brief description of the resource depicted, and

·         why you chose that photo.

All photos will be credited appropriately; those submitting photos will receive a photo release form. It may not be possible to include all photos in the document, but all submissions will be considered. Photos will be accepted between now and June 30, 2017.

Columbia County EMC  Natural Resources Inventory Advisory Group

Members of the EMC

Theresa Mayhew, Cornell Cooperative Extension 

Ellen Jouret-Epstein, Germantown 

Karen Mort, Ghent 

Christian Sweningsen, Stuyvesant 

Anna Kadish, Taghkanic



Larry Brody, Gallatin 

Kathy Schneider, Stuyvesant


Partner NGOs

Columbia Land Conservancy


Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program 

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.

For more information about natural resource inventories, visit