Coastal Habitat Protection in New York State

by Thomas F. Hart, Jr., New York State Dep of State, Albany, NY, USA,
Andrew S. Milliken, New York State Dep of State, Albany, NY, USA,
Bryan L. Swift, New York State Dep of State, Albany, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


New York State's Coastal Management Program includes a specific policy for the protection of fish and wildlife habitats that are determined to be of statewide significance. An inventory of the coastline was conducted to identify the most valuable habitats according to the following criteria: ecosystem rarity, species population levels, support of vulnerable species, human use, and replaceability. A numerical rating system using these criteria was applied. An intensive effort has been made to involve local governments and environmental groups to incorporate as much specific habitat information as possible. This effort resulted in the evaluation of previously overlooked areas and additional information regarding specific management considerations.

Subject Headings: Information management | Inventories | Shores | Population projection | Numerical methods | Fish management | Wildlife | Coastal management | New York | United States

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