Did you know there are about 200,000 different species of pollinators?
New York State provides habitat to over 450 bee species that help pollinate more than one third of our food products. Butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, ants, birds, and bats are also critical pollinators. Research has shown that pollinator populations are diminishing.
We are committed to helping pollinators.
We will give away 10 "Blazing Star" (Liatris spicata) plants with every purchase at this year's tree and shrub sale.
Blazing Star plants attract bees, butterflies and birds, work great in small gardens and are an easy addition to an already established garden or a great start for a new pollinator garden.
Learn more by clicking "Tree and Shrub Program" below!
We offer reduced-rates on
- seedlings and transplants
- ground covers
- fruits and berries
- wildflower seed mixes
Also supplies such as
- rain barrels
- tree tubes
- marking flags
- fertilizer tablets
Plus, our staff can make soil maps and advise you about what and where to plant!
Preorder your plants by April 3, 2020.
Place your orders early to ensure availability—Don't miss out!
- 2020 Tree & Shrub Newsletter (includes details on our exciting pollinator program)
- 2020 Tree and Shrub Order Form
- 2020 Tree and Shrub Listing
- 2020 Tree and Shrub Detailed Descriptions (with photos)
- Open to everyone; you do not need to be an Albany County resident to order.
- These are bare-root seedlings/transplants and are sold only in bundles of the specified quantities.
Feel free to contact the office at (518) 765-7923 or by email with any questions.
Each May, we offer our fish stocking program for pond owners. An order form will be posted in the spring.
We will have available for pre-order:
- Largemouth Bass,
- Channel Catfish,
- Rainbow Trout,
- Flathead Minnow and
- Triploid Grass Carp
A Triploid Grass Carp Stocking Permit is required by NYSDEC. Applications are available at our office. Allow at least 45 days for the permitting process once the application has been submitted. Grass carp help with aquatic weed control. Contact us for an information packet which includes a list of vegetation commonly eaten by the carp.
Feel free to contact the office at (518) 765-7923 or by email with any questions.
Farmers have long been regarded as the original stewards of the land because a farm’s livelihood directly depends on the health and vitality of the soil and water resources.
The voluntary Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) program helps farmers protect important natural resources. With AEM, farmers can track their environmental stewardship and contribute to a positive image of agriculture in their communities.
Using AEM, farmers can identify and address environmental concerns.
AEM helps direct valuable local, state and federal resources to the farms that need them.
The farmer is always the final decision-maker in cooperation with members of the local AEM team. This helps ensure that farm business objectives are met while also achieving local, state and federal environmental and water quality goals.
The primary goal of AEM is to protect and enhance the environment while supporting agriculture in New York State.
To participate, please complete the Tier I Inventory Sheet.
Dry hydrants provide enhanced speed and safety over traditional methods of winter drafting because firefighters no longer need to cut holes through the ice to access available water. They are arguably one of the most cost-effective fire protection measures available. Using dry hydrants enables fire fighters to save homes, barns, and lives, and helps both the public and the fire departments save money; therefore, there is a great benefit to both the general public and the fire districts.
The Conservation District is currently able to help offset the cost of dry hydrants to local fire departments by providing the materials and all survey and design work free of charge. Local fire departments would be responsible for the equipment and labor for installation.
Landowners who have a pond that they think would make a good site for a dry hydrant are encouraged to contact your local fire department to ensure their interest in using the pond. Fire departments are encouraged to contact the Conservation District to inform us of potential pond locations.
Stormwater management and pollution prevention are emerging issues across New York State, especially in rapidly urbanizing areas such as Albany County.
Stormwater runoff happens when rain or melted snow flow over surfaces and does not percolate into the ground. As the runoff flows over land, paved streets, parking lots and building rooftops, it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment or other pollutants that could adversely affect water quality.
We are active in grant-funded projects to address stormwater. We provide education and outreach to municipalities and the public. Our projects include demonstration rain gardens; a rain barrel program; the development and distribution of educational materials; and workshops for construction contractors and municipal officials.
- Demonstration rain gardens
- Rain garden maintenance guide
- Rain barrel program
- Home-owners guide to preventing stormwater pollution
- NYS Erosion & Sediment Control Training
For further information, contact us by phone at (518) 765-SWCD, or by email at email@example.com.
Geographic Information System (GIS)
We have access to a host of geographic data representing natural resources throughout the County. Maps can be created to help landowners, realtors, engineers, or interested citizens make wise land management decisions. GIS brochure
- Digital Aerial Photography (1994, 2001, 2011);
- Soils; Streams/Waterbodies;
- FEMA Floodplains;
- Freshwater Wetlands; and
- Real Property Tax Parcels
For further information and assistance, please contact us by phone at (518) 765-7923, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maps and other information
We have a wide variety of maps and information available for review, including:
- Aerial Photos - 1940, 1952, 1960, 1969, 1977, 1982, & 1986
- Geographic Information Services Data - 2013 Imagery
- Topographic Maps
- Flood Insurance Rate Maps
- NYS Freshwater Wetlands Maps
- Albany County Soil Survey
- Ponds - Planning, Design, Construction handbook
Photocopies can be made for a nominal fee.
We help landowners, land managers, local government agencies, and other local interests with a broad range of resource concerns.
Our natural resource management activities include, but are not limited to:
- Streambank protection/maintenance
- Water supply protection/watershed management
- Erosion & sediment control
- Stormwater management
- Drainage assistance
- Aquatic weed management and control
We assist qualified landowners file for agricultural assessments relating to their farmland.
Many acres of our landscape would remain idle or be converted to another form of land use without this important state program.
Agricultural Districts Law allows reduced property tax bills for land in agricultural production by limiting the property tax assessment of such land to its prescribed agricultural assessment value.
As part of a statewide program, we complete Soil Group Worksheets for farmland owners applying for an agricultural assessment. We plot the boundaries of each farmed parcel on a soil map, determine the acreage in each soil group and categorize the soil. (Each soil group is valued differently for farmland assessment purposes.)
Assessors use the worksheets to calculate a real property assessment based on soil productivity. This allows farmland to be assessed based on its agricultural value, rather than its full market value, keeping land in production.
These open workable lands provide wildlife habitat, open space, natural resource diversification, employment & economic opportunities.
Please contact us for more information or to set up an appointment for a Soil Group Worksheet.
Through our soil sampling program, we will sample your fields or lawn, fill out the paperwork and send out the sample for testing (fee involved).
In return, you will receive pH and nutrient levels along with fertilizer and lime recommendation.
Just call or email us for more information!
By phone at (518) 765-7923, or by email at email@example.com.
We offer numerous conservation items for sale, including:
- bluebird boxes;
- bat houses;
- wood duck boxes;
- bird feeders; and
- bat houses.
Just call or email us for more information! (518) 765-7923 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
An outdoor, hands-on environmental competition for high school students!
The Envirothon tests your knowledge on five topics:
- wildlife, and
- current environmental issues.
Regional Envirothons organized by local Soil and Water Conservation Districts are held across New York State each spring.
Local teams compete against each other in a regional meeting for the opportunity to represent their county at the New York State competition.
Want to compete with a team from your school? This is a great way to get involved with the environment around you.
Contact our office for help getting started!
Our Board of Directors meets the third Tuesday of each month at 2:00pm.
John J. Santacrose
Chair/Member at Large
Edward Kleinke III
Vice Chair/Farm Bureau Representative
Jo A. Downey
The Albany County Soil and Water Conservation District is a local governmental subdivision established under state law to carry out a program for the conservation, use and development of soil, water and related resources. Created on May 14, 1945 by the Albany County Board of Supervisors, the District has been providing county residents assistance for over 60 years. District programs provide information, service, and technical/financial assistance to agricultural, rural, urban and suburban constituents. Organizational Chart