|Public Workshop #1 – join in the discussion!|
When? Thursday, October 12th at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
Where? Five Rivers Environmental Education Center (the new building!) at 56 Game Farm Road in Delmar.
Who? Everyone who lives, works and plays in Bethlehem has a stake in how our community grows and changes - please join the discussion!
What will be discussed and why? You will be invited to review and discuss the four Open Space Values Maps (see links to maps below) and a DRAFT Open Space Priority Areas Map. There will be a presentation of the maps and the criteria used to identify the priority conservation areas, followed by a Q & A. Ultimately, these data-driven maps, modified to reflect public input, will be used to develop a town-wide Open Space Plan. This open space planning process and plan will help inform potential conservation opportunities when they arise through willing landowner conservation interest. Thank you your participation!
This summer, residents were asked to participate in a Scenic Bethlehem Photo Survey and we received over 300 photos of scenic and open places in town that are special to residents; examples may be viewed in the Scenic Bethlehem Photo Survey 2017 album on the town’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BethlehemNY/. These photos will be mapped as part of the town’s ongoing Open Space Planning efforts. Thank you to all who participated.
Public Participation Dates for open space planning – we are looking for your input!
|On August 10th, 2017, fourteen kayak and river enthusiasts paddled with Town Board member and ecologist, David VanLuven, on Bethlehem’s Vlomankill and the Hudson River to learn more about the waters and wildlife in our town, and how this relates to current open space planning. We had a beautiful night and saw a bald eagle, a green heron, an osprey and the waterfall on the Vlomankill. This free public event was very popular, so look for this to be a continuing environmental education activity in the future.|
Recent Town documents regarding open space planning
Conservation Easement Exemption Program for Bethlehem Landowners with 5 or more acres of open space
Earlier Town documents and efforts
Examples of Open Space Plans
How can I enjoy Bethlehem’s open spaces and get involved?