Scenic Hudson: Projecting and Buffering Against Sea Level Rise Impacts
In New York, Scenic Hudson is conserving land in 82 communities in ten counties along the Hudson River to buffer against future sea level rise impacts. By targeting key properties for acquisition efforts, this land trust is working to ensure that natural processes such as marsh migration can continue to provide valuable ecological services as well as mitigate the effects of rising waters throughout the 150-mile long estuary. To target and prioritize land acquisitions, Scenic Hudson used GIS to integrate criterion based upon scenic and recreational value, biological or ecological significance, as well as vulnerability to sea level rise. Sea level rise projections are also used to communicate conservation and revitalization objectives with the communities along the Hudson River. The recently acquired Little Newton Hook Preserve highlights these efforts and the long-term conservation vision for this dynamic area. Restoration efforts will reconnect previously isolated wetlands to the riverine system, and as sea levels rise, islands that once existed along the Hudson will reemerge.