Published on February 3rd, 2014 | by GrowWNY Intern


Meeting Recap: Habitat & Natural Resources (1/22/14)


On Wednesday, January 22, 2014, the Habitat and Natural Resources Working Group held a meeting. The key focuses of this meeting were:

  • Advocacy Agenda-“State of the Environment” White Paper
  • Debrief Allegany Situation
  • Expanding the Conversation on Energy and Consumption, Economy, Fracking, and Climate Change

Advocacy Agenda– Advocacy for the environment, and this working groups focus on Habitat and Natural Resources is one of the strategic foundations of the working group.  In order to best identify and characterize our strategic advocacy goals for our future work, we have initiated the creation of a focused “white paper” that could serve as a baseline of habitat and natural resources issues in our region. The report, tentatively described as habitat and ecological resources “State of the Environment,” would include overall descriptions of existing habitats and resources, habitats and resources at risk, and would help to identify and characterize risks and conservation and restoration opportunities in our region. A sub-group of this working group led by Habitat and Natural Resources working group chair Jay Burney will have a discussion draft by the May monthly Habitat meeting. If you have questions or want to participate in this sub-group, contact Mr. Burney at lscampaign@aol.com .

National Fuel Gas/Allegany State Park lease renewal. In December working group particpant Larry Beahan, brought the groups attention to the renewal and proposed expansion of the NFG presence in Allegany State Park. The group has indicated a serious concern regards this renewal and expansion. The Group is seeking more information on the issue and is hoping to have a more detailed presentation and action strategy at one of our upcoming monthly meetings.

Ban Fracking in NYS and Expand the Discussion-Lastly, the group turned their discussion to a part of its current action item, which includes broadening the discussion around fracking and energy, economy and consumption, climate change, and creating a more informed and engaged community.

The goal of expanding this dialogue is to create “discussions” and engagement on critical issues and consequences of changing “business as usual” with regards to the reduction and possible elimination of fossil fuels and a move toward renewable energy strategies. This is a profound and challenging issue that both stretches across the WNYEA and across the wider community. We are reaching out to other working groups and working to create partners in this discussion both inside and outside of the WNYEA.  For more information please contact Habitat Group Chair, Jay Burney: lscampaign@aol.com .

Do you have feedback or suggestions for this group? Tell us in the comment section below, or come to the next meeting. Keep checking the GrowWNY community calendar for information about the next meeting, or join the listserv for email updates on meetings and projects. You can also come to the February Habitat and Natural Resources monthly meeting, scheduled for Wednesday February 19, 2014, 6:30pm-8pm at the Buffalo Museum of Science.

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