SOMERS, N.Y. – A committee charged with protecting and preserving Somers’ undeveloped land has nearly completed its mapping of the town’s biologically significant plant and animal locales.
Michael Barnhart, chairman of the town’s Open Space Committee, said his panel was poised to present a “habitat map” reflecting the results of a comprehensive, townwide biodiversity survey.
Addressing a town board work session last week, Barnhart said the project had begun modestly enough, mapping a small area near the Bedford border.
“We subsequently expanded that effort,” he said, “and we’re now on the verge of creating a map of the entire town.”
The Open Space Committee’s biodiversity study is expected to identify potential areas of critical environmental assessment and review.
“You can go out and look at open space and say, ‘OK, there are a lot of trees there, that’s really nice,’” Barnhart told the board. “But that doesn’t really tell you what the nature of that landscape is.”
He said the committee’s reports will describe each type of habitat, discuss their distribution and assess the challenges they face.