Natural Areas Commission


Regular meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room of City Hall, 108 E. Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Overview & Duties

The Natural Areas Commission supports the conservation of the designated natural areas within the City of Ithaca. It advises the Board of Public Works (BPW), the Department of Public Works (DPW), Common Council, and the Conservation Advisory Council (CAC), regarding public concerns about Natural Areas, threats to ecosystems, and opportunities to improve protective measures. It works closely with natural area Ranger(s) to educate the public about the importance and fragility of natural areas, and monitors their public use. 

To do any work in the natural areas, an application and plan of work (PDF) must be completed and submitted to the Natural Areas Commission for approval.

More information about the Natural Areas Commission


  • Joe McMahon, Chair 
    Term expires: December 31, 2018
  • Anna M. Stalter, Vice Chair and Secretary  Term expires: December 31, 2016
  • Daniel Hoffman  
    Term expires: December 31, 2014
  • Ashley Miller
     Term expires: December 31, 2015
  • F. Robert Wesley (Cornell Univ.)
      Term expires: December 31, 2016
  • Janet Edwards
      Term expires: December 31, 2017
  • Vacancy
    Term:  December 31, 2017
  • Vacancy (CAC Member)
       Term: December 31, 2018
  • Vacancy
    Term:  December 31, 2019
  • Josephine Martell, Common Council Liaison
  • Jon Meigs, Town of Ithaca