Conservation Advisory Council

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  • 6: 30 pm
  • 1st Monday of every month
  • Location: Heritage Center, 123 Grand Street, Newburgh                                                          
  • Secretary to the Land Use Boards Phone: 845-569-7383

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Chuck ThomasChairperson
Betty BastidasMember
Gail FultonMember
Marianne MarichalMember 
Andrew MurphyMember
Mark Sanchez-PotterMember 
Ronald ZorrillaMember


The Conservation Advisory Council, Greater Newburgh Parks Conservancy, and Outdoor Promise have teamed up as proud partners of the Arbor Day Foundation to initiate an Environmental Justice Fellowship program in the City of Newburgh, made possible by a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation and TD Bank.  

We center our work on environmental justice strategies; black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) leadership; peer-to-peer community engagement; and equitable access to trees. To ensure that our activities will be appropriate, just and long-lasting, our primary focus is on supporting young community leaders who can share their passion and skills for tree-based environmental justice with their families, friends, neighbors and local business owners. 

Our first four Fellows are smart and skilled young women of color from Newburgh who are eager to learn about environmental justice and the many benefits of street trees, to share this knowledge with other Newburgh residents and to survey Newburghers about their concerns, suggestions and perspectives, and to report back to on the results of their work and recommendations for the future.

City of Newburgh Tree Inventory

TreeKeeper 8 System for the City of Newburgh

View the DEC Demonstration Project Video.

Mission Statement

The CAC was enacted by Local Law 1-2013 and took effect on October 1, 2013. The purpose of the CAC is to act as an advocate for all of the City's natural resources, including open spaces, wetlands, drinking water sources, the urban forest, coastal areas, and air quality. The former Waterfront Advisory Committee and Shade Tree Commissions are now integrated into the broader CAC.

Local Waterfront Revitalization Program Parks and Trails MapLocal Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) Map

Zoning Map

Review to determine if the property lies in the Historic District and/or the Form-based code. The following four zoning districts are regulated through the Form-Based Code:Zoning Map

Autocad StandardsAutocad Standards (Tree Pits, etc.)

Before you download any details, it is highly recommended that you refer to the City's Streetscape Standards and know whether the project is within the East End Historic District.

Standing Committees

  • Waterfront Advisory Committee - Chuck Thomas: The City of Newburgh has a Local Waterfront Redevelopment Plan (LWRP) that is required by New York State. This plan outlines what development can be done on our Waterfront. The Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) now has advisory responsibility to the City in the formulation of this plan. 
  • Parks - Gail Fulton: The Parks Sub-Committee of the CAC (Parks) is specifically focused on Downing Park and neighborhood parks such as the Audrey Carey Park on Liberty Street and the Tyrone Crabb Park on Grand St. For volunteer opportunities, email Fulton or McCarthy.
  • Urban Forestry -  Newburgh's Urban Forest is an integral part of the City's infrastructure, and is often referred to as its "green infrastructure". The economic, community health, and aesthetic values of the Urban Forest must be protected, just like any other City asset. Urban Forestry is the care and maintenance of our green assets. Urban Forestry is everything from basic tree care (Pruning, mulching, watering) to removing diseased/dying trees, to resolving urban conflicts of sidewalks and trees. 
  • Open Space / Natural Resources Inventory - Chuck Thomas
  • Watershed - Chuck Thomas: "Available clean water is everyone's concern. For a summary of Natural Areas and Wildlife in our Community by the NY Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), as well as the Water Resource Summary.
  • Air Quality - TBD
  • Public Information - TBD: The CAC will post relevant workshops and events open to the public. Concerned citizens are welcome to come to the monthly meetings. Volunteer opportunities on Arbor Day in the spring and planting days will be announced.