Open Space Plan To Be Discussed Thursday At RTPI

The state Open Space Conservation Plan Regional Advisory Committee will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, 311 Curtis St., Jamestown.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation and the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation lead New York’s Open Space Conservation Plan, a plan that serves as a blueprint for the state’s land conservation efforts to increase protection of the state’s significant natural, scenic, recreational, historic and cultural resources.

The Open Space Plan was last updated in 2009. Members include representatives from each of Region 9’s six counties – Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Wyoming – as well as at-large members. Members are charged with providing input to update the previous Open Space Conservation Plan and will identify the types and locations of open-space resources and various open-space conservation tools and methods. In addition, the regional committee will provide recommendations on policies, such as stewardship and regulations.

Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting and contribute input. Those with comments or suggestions for regional open-space acquisitions, priority projects, policy or plan updates should attend.

The current Open Space Conservation Plan is available online at dec.ny.gov/docs/lands-forests-pdf/osp09eappa.pdf.

Those who are unable to attend one of the upcoming meetings but want to contribute suggestions to the Open Space Conservation Plan for Chautauqua County can send suggestions to the DEC by emailing region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us.