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Resources for Landowners

Here is a selection of educational resources for landowners. Explore this collection to learn more about voluntary land protection agreements (technically known as "Conservation Easements"), conservation land sales, and conservation practices that can improvement private property. 

This collection will grow over time, so be sure to check back later for more!

Workshop Recordings
Residential Landowner Conservation Practices Workshop (12/2/20)
Agricultural Landowner Conservation Practices Workshop (12/9/20)

General Water Quality Information


Best Management Practices for Water Quality



Agriculture-Specific Best Management Practices 
Agriculture Water Quality Assistance Programs  


Natural Resource Conservation Service 

A US Department of Agriculture agency that works with farmers, ranchers and foresters on conservation practices to benefit the soil, water, air, and wildlife.

Farm Service Agency

An USDA agency that provides programs and services that support the economic stability of American farmers, ranchers and rural landowner.


Additional Contacts:

Rensselaer County Soil & Water Conservation District


Megan P. Myers

Conservation District Technician

Rensselaer County Soil & Water Conservation District
Department of Agriculture & Life Sciences Building
61 State Street, Troy, NY 12180

Office: (518) 271-1740 Extension 3

Mobile: (518) 380-0384


​USDA ​Natural Resource Conservation Service​


​Diana Stanton
District Conservationist
Natural Resource Conservation Service​

Department of Agriculture & Life Sciences Building
61 State Street, Troy, NY 12180
Office:  (518) 271-1740 ext. 3
Mobile:  (518) 598-2344


Cornell Cooperative Extension​ - Rensselaer County​


Ashley Pierce
Association Regional Issue Educator
CCE Rensselaer County
61 State Street
Troy, NY 12180
Phone: 518-272-4210
Mobile: 518-649-0267


Aaron Gabriel
Association Regional Issue Educator
CCE Washington County
415 Lower Main Street
Hudson Falls, NY 12839
Phone: 518-746-2560
Mobile: 518-380-1496



Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM)


Kristopher Williams
Invasive Species Coordinator
Capital Region PRISM
Cornell Cooperative Extension - Saratoga County
50 West High St.  

Ballston Spa, NY 12020

518-885-8995 Ext. 2218

Mobile: 518-321-0189


USDA Farm Service Agency


Matthew Forrest
County Executive Director

​Rensselaer County Farm Service Agency​

​61 State St​

​Troy, NY 12180-3412

(518) 271-1889


​New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association​

Bill Nechamen
Certified Floodplain Manager

Association of State Floodplain Managers

PO Box 1785
Schenectady, NY 12301