Environmental Conservation Board (ECB)


The Purpose of the Environmental Conservation Board

By providing an environmental perspective on site plans and variance requests for properties with significant natural resources, as well as local laws, consultant studies, comprehensive plans, stewardship of natural areas, and other issues, the Environmental Conservation Board contributes to local land use decision-making, conservation, and quality of life for residents in the community.

Natural Resource Protection News

Be on the Lookout!

The Spotted Lantern Fly (SLF) is an invasive pest with a recent appearance in New York and with potential for serious damage to our orchards and vineyards.  New York state is encouraging residents to monitor and report any observation of SLF.   An app (iMapInvasives) has been developed for this purpose and a series of training webinars will be available for all those interested in helping: https://www.nyimapinvasives.org/slf.   Individuals can choose a site for inspection which will also include reporting the presence of Tree of Heaven --  another invasive species that is a favorite of the SLF.

Gypsy Moth caterpillars which caused significant defoliation in multiple areas of the town last spring will be emerging from their egg masses in May or June.  It‘s hoped that weather conditions will favor proliferation of the gypsy moth’s natural enemy, a fungus which resides in the soil and will kill the caterpillars.  2020, in addition to other woes, brought us a dry spring not favorable to the fungus.  Bacillus thuringiensis (Btk) is another biocontrol measure.  It too is found normally in the environment and when ingested, kills young caterpillars.  This natural pesticide has been in use for many decades and has a proven safety record.  For individual trees it can be applied from the ground.  For more extensive application, it can be aerial sprayed, as is planned for Onanda Park in late spring 2021.   

Articles from the Town of Canandaigua Environmental Conservation Board

Click below for ECB Articles published in the Town's E-Newsletter. Click here to read the full newsletters:


March 2021: Are You Planning to Plant a Tree?

February 2021: The Problem with Plastic

January 2021: Bugs in the Winter


December 2020: Tracking Your (Wildlife) Neighbors

November 2020: The Wild Turkey

October 2020: It's Time To Set the Record Straight—About Bats!

September 2020: It's That Time of Year Again! Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs)

August 2020: A Primer on Invasive Species—Check In On Your Trees

July 2020: Walk Into the Past—Fossil Walk

June 2020: Let's Talk About Water

May 2020: Staying Active in a Crisis

April 2020: A Tub Full of Trees

March 2020: Rainfall as a Resource

February 2020: A Sorrowful Farewell to Ash Trees

January 2020: Wiinter Birding in Canandaigua


January–December 2019 archive of ECB articles


January–December 2018 archive of ECB articles


The Value of Trees

What Is a Riparian Forest Buffer?

Stream Buffers: A Tool for Watershed Protection

Agroforestry: Working Trees for Water Quality

Four Fast-Growing Evergreen Trees (Link to Arbor Day Foundation Webpage)

When to Cut Down a Tree (Link to Arbor Day Foundation Webpage)

Nine Trees That Will Attract Winter Wildlife

It's Time to Tally Your Trees

Forest, Plants and Conservation News from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Bulletin—July 22, 2020

Why City Trees Are Needed More than Ever: Article by Charli Shield, July 27, 2020, EcoWatch: Environmental News for a Healthier Planet and Life


Protect Canandaigua Lake: Best Practices in Your Backyard

Healthy Lawn Care to Protect Canandaigua from the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association

Lawn Care: The Easiest Steps to an Attractive Environmental Asset

Plant a Rain Garden for Beauty, for Water Quality, for Wildlife

Autumn Tasks: How to Empty Your Swimming Pool or Spa Wisely

Support Your Local Pollinators

Ring of Fire - Safe Flare Use to Protect the Lake

How to Empty Your Pool or Spa Wisely: Brochure from the Ontario County Soil and Water Conservation District

The Scoop About Pet Poop: What Can You do with the Doggy Do? Brochure from the Ontario County Soil and Water Conservation District

NYS DEC Phosphorus Law

"There Are Wasps in the Yard. You'd Better Get to Know Them" article from The New York Times, July 21, 2020.

The Conservationist Magazine (from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation), June–July 2020: Cover story: "Enjoy the Outdoors During a Pandemic" and the complete issue.

How Trees Protect Themselves from Wounds, Disease and Pests (Including Us): Article by Paul Hetzler (Naturalist), July 25, 2020, North Country Public Radio, St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y.


Invasive Species

Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) Found in Ithaca, N.Y. From Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ontario County, "Extension Farm and Land Notes," December 2020 issue. Select the following links for the articles in the announcement on the Spotted Lanternfly:

—Northeastern IPM Center Article

—New York State IPM Article

—New York State Agriculture and Markets Announcement

—To send an email to report the Spotted Lanternfly, select this link


Invasive Species That Threaten the Town of Canandaigua: Learn about Giant Hogweed, Japanese Knotweed, Mile-a-Minute Vine, Hydrilla, Asian Longhorn Beetles and Emerald Ash Borer, and how to control them. Contact information is provided for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Ontario County Soil and Water Conservation District and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County.

Aquatic Invasives:

Help Protect Canandaigua Lake from Aquatic Invasive Species

Terrestrial Invasives:

Invasive Species That Threaten the Town of Canandaigua, N.Y.: Invasive species training webinar for highway and public works departments in the Finger Lakes region. Also appropriate for home and property owners. Produced by the Town of Canandaigua Environmental Conservation Board and presented by Environmental Conservation Board member and conservation educator Edith Davey.

Monitoring and Managing Ash

Ash Trees Species

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Oak Wilt Information

NYS DEC Hogweed Information

NYS Hemlock Initiative from Cornell University, January 28, 2019

Gypsy Moth Caterpillar Fact Sheet

New York State Hemlock Initiative: Landowner Hemlock Prioritization Toolkit: As a forest owner, figuring out which forest problems to address can be challenging. Hemlock is just one of many tree species you probably have on your property. Why should they get your time and attention? Hemlocks provide some services that other species can't—supporting both land species and stabilizing stream habitats. TRhey also provide a unique environment for you to enjoy on your property. Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) can kill all of the hemlocks on your property is left untreated, but the available treatments work very well and are effective for several years. Whether you own a handful of hemlocks or hundreds of acres of them, this tool can help you think through what value your hemlocks bring to your property, and which hemlocks are the most important to conserve.

Can An Ambitious Breeding Effort Save North America's Ash Trees? by Gabriel Popkin in AAAS "Science," November 12, 2020.



Invasive Plants:

A Giant Problem: The Battle Against Giant Hogweed by Naja Kraus, New York State Department of Conservation, Region 3; and Patty Wakefield-Brown, Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. A review of giant hogweed, its identification, impact and management options. Also includes a discussion of "look-alikes" including Wild Parsnip and Angerlica which also produce psoralens which can cause burns. Hour-long video has some technical issues but provides a very comprehensive review including the rationale behind aggressive management needs.

A History of Non-Native Forest Pest Invasions by Andrew Liebhold of the U.S. Forest Service. Northeastern forests and those throughout the United States are experiencing dramatic increases in the arrival and abundance of invasive pests. Understanding the ecology of pest invasions and the effects they are likely to have on forest ecosystems will help us prepare for, and respond to, changes they evoke. This hour-long webinar was originally presented in January 2009.

Invasive Plant Ecology and Identification by Nancy Olmstead, Invasive Plant Biologist with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Conservation. This hour-long webinar covers the basic ecology of invasive plants and keys to the identification of those species. Although produced in Maine, the plants covered are found in New York State. Presented in May 2020.

Finger Lakes Harmful Algae Blooms Surveillance Training: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Webinar for Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association HABS surveillance volunteers, recorded June 10, 2020.

Invasive Species That Threaten the Town of Canandaigua, N.Y.: Invasive species training webinar for highway and public works departments in the Finger Lakes region. Also appropriate for home and property owners. Produced by the Town of Canandaigua Environmental Conservation Board and presented by Environmental Conservation Board member and conservation educator Edith Davey.

Non-Plant Pests:

Spotted Lanternfly Update: Survey and Response to Detecting SLF in New York State: This webinar is part of the Finger Lakes Institute/Finger Lakes PRISM Webinar Series on how to identify, observe and report the Spotted Lanternfly and survey using iMapInvasives. Originally presented in October 2020.

Spot This! Spotted Lanternfly and the Risk to Our Region: This webinar discusses this invasive pest which affects horticultural and agricultural crops, ornamentals, landscape, forests and shade trees. Every resident of New York and neighboring states could potentially be affected if the Spotted Lanternfly becomes established. This webinar is presented by Tim Weigle, Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Gypsy Moths: A Persistent Forest Pest in North America: Andrew Liebhold, U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station, presents a review of the history of the gypsy moth infestation and its spread across the northeast, with prediction for future spread. Discussion of various attempts at suppression including use of biocontrol techniques to prevent defoliation, as well as employing silvacculture to decrease infestation. This is an 80-minute webinar.

InsectXaminer Episode #1: Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar): This very short (three-minute) video from the University of Massachusetts describes the gypsy moth lifecycle, impact on trees and natural control. Suggest audio be muted while watching.

Emerald Ash Borer Update: Presented by Juli Gould, Entomologist with UDDA APHIS. This webinar provides background on EAB establishment and spread, and discussion of research to date on biological control methods, including the success of introduction of Tetrastichus planipennisi, a parasitic non-stinging wasp that attacks EAB . This webinar is one hour long.

Oak Wilt and Its Presence in the Finger Lakes: Presented by Kelsey McLaughlin, NYSDEC Division of Land and Forests. This webinar presents a detailed discussion of the identification and management/eradication of Oak Wilt, a fungal infection which has made appearance in the Finger Lakes region in recent years.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: Presented by Mark Whitmore, Cornell University. The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is one of the most important ecological problems facing forests in eastern North America. Having ravaged forests in the Appalachian Mountains and surrounding areas, it has been moving much more slowly as it spreads northward. This hour-long video is a comprehensive review of management strategies with particular emphasis on biological controls. This webinar was presented in 2018.

Asian Longhorned Beetle: Presented by Dr. Kevin Dodds, USDA Forest Service Entomologist. The Asian Longhorned Beetle has escaped from its infestation of urban trees and has begun impacting rural woodlands. This beetle has had significant impact on Maple trees, particularly Red Maple, in downstate New York. It is not current established in the Finger Lakes or western New York although there is concern for its spread. This is an 80-minute video originally presented in 2014.

Lessons of 2019: A Review of Invasive and Native Pests Affecting Northeast Plants: Presented by Margery Daughtrey and Daniel Gilrean, Cornell University. This webinar provides a concise listing of management options. Produced in 2019, it includes references to spotted lantern flies, emerald ash borers, various fungal diseases and newer invasives making appearances. Good discussion of the impact of weather and climate changes on the success of pests. This is a one-hour webinar. NOTE: From the Urban Forestry Today home page, look for the 4/11/19 webinar. There are also other webinars of interest on the home page.

What's Eating My Trees and How Do I Kill Them? New York State Department of Environmental Conservation webinar, presented by NY Region ReLeaf Committee, focusing on the gypsy moth. 2 hours.

And More:

An Inside Look: The Issue with Birds and Glass, Audubon webinar on the who, what, when, where, why and how of bird-glass collissions.


Conservation for Kids

Recent Topics Just for Kids:

Have a (Safe) New York Adventure, from the "NYS Conservationist for Kids," Fall 2020

Kids: Find Fossils in Canandaigua

What's All the Buzz About Pollinators from the "NYS Conservationist for Kids"

Sea Stars from the "NYS Conservationist for Kids, April 2020

Amphibians and Repiles from the "NYS Conservationist for Kids," February 2020

New York State DEC "Conservationist for Kids" Index: This listing contains all issues of the "Conservationist for Kids" magazine published by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and is updated as new issues are released.

Videos from the Smithsonian and Friends of the National Zoo:

"Explore Beyond Your Door" Video Episode #1

"Explore Beyond Your Door" Video Episode #2


Tick and Lyme Disease Information

Tick Biology for the Homeowner

Ticks from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ticks from the Ontario County Website

Be Tick Free from the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Illnesses—Brochure from NYS Senator Pamela A. Helming, 54th Senate District

Ontario County Lyme Support Group Suggested Informational Sites

Learn the Facts About Lyme Disease—Newspaper Special Section from the Lyme Action Network


Resource Partners

Ontario County Soil and Water Conservation District, 480 North Main Street, Canandaigua, N.Y. 14424, (585) 396-1450, www.ontswcd.com

Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association Inc., P.O. Box 323, Canandaigua, N.Y. 14424, (585) 394-5030, www.canandaigualakeassoc.org

Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council, 205 Saltonstall Street, Canandaigua, N.Y. 14424, (585) 396-3630, www.canandaigualake.org

Cornell Coooperative Extension, CCE—Ontario County Offices, 480 North Main Street, Canandaigua, N.Y. 14424-4424, (585) 394-3977, cceontario.org

Finger Lakes Land Trust, 202 East Court Street, Ithaca, N.Y. 14850, (607) 275-9487, www.fllt.org.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), www.dec.ny.gov.

Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, www.arborday.org.

Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) - Photo by K. Burkard

Meeting Agendas

Meeting Minutes

Annual Reports

2021 Meeting Schedule

2021 Rules of Procedure

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) and Ramps (Allium tricoccum) - Photo by K. Burkard

Resources for Board Members

2003 Comprehensive Plan

2011 Comprehensive Plan Update

2015 Padelford Brook Greenway Plan

2018 Open Space, Conservation and Scenic Views Master Plan

Prioritizing Farmland and Scenic Views in the Town of Canandaigua

NRI Overview Presentation (July 2020)

Natural Resource Inventory (NRI) Update 2020

Natural Resource Inventory (NRI), Site Assessment and Project Review Guide 2020

Canandaigua Open Space, Conservation and Scenic Views Master Plan Implementation Table, as of December 3, 2020

2020 ECB Annual Report

2021 ECB Newsletter Sign-up Sheet

2021 ECB Lobby Display Case Sign-up Sheet

2021 ECB Projects Plan

Woodland Strawberry (Fragaria vesca) - Photo by K. Burkard

Members of the Environmental Conservation Board

Jared Simpson, Chairperson
Canandaigua Town Board Member

Justin Damann
5824 Rossier Road
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Edith Davey
2300 New Michigan Road
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Saralinda Hooker
3414 West Lake Boulevard
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Gary Kochersberger
6250 Goff Road
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Rocky Polimeni
3629 Ridge Run East
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Pat Venezia
5120 Laura Lane
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Kimberly Burkard, Secretary










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