Featured News and Highlights

You Make These Stories Possible: Farmer-Landowner Match Success

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With your support, young farming partners Jenny Parker, Aliyah Brandt, and Lauren Jones established Ironwood Farm in Ghent, NY on 4 acres they lease from landowners Dave and Joanna Tipple through CLC’s Farmer Landowner Match Program. In September 2014, the one-year-old farm became a certified organic vegetable operation. View our Ironwood Farms photo album on Facebook.
With your help, we will keep our Farmer Landowner Match Program going strong, and protect our county’s rural heritage. To date, CLC has facilitated 41 matches on over 1,500 acres of land.
Please, support our Annual Fund so together we can continue protecting local family farms. You can double the impact of your gift today!


You Make These Stories Possible: Taconic Orchards Forever Protected

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You helped local farmers Arnie and Bonnie Feller of Taconic Orchards to partner with CLC and permanently protect 29 acres of their historic orchard in Livingston and Taghkanic. Thanks to you, CLC engaged with another farm family to cultivate support for our farmland protection efforts; and CLC expanded its collaboration with Scenic Hudson to help protect this ‘Century Farm,’ family owned since 1876.
Read about this project in our fall/winter 2014 Newsletter. View our Taconic Orchards photo album on Facebook.
Please, support our Annual Fund so together we can continue protecting local family farms. You can double the impact of your gift today!


Cost Efficient Conservation: Congress is Running Out of Time

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by Peter Paden Published November 7, 2014 in the Register-Star

Cost Efficient Conservation: Congress is Running Out of Time

Eight years ago, in 2006, Congress enacted a simple change in the law that substantially increased the pace of private land conservation.  But the change was only designed to last for two years, so the issue had to be revisited again in 2008.  Despite an overwhelming bi-partisan consensus that the change made sense and should be made permanent, it was renewed only for another two year term.  The same thing happened in 2010. And in 2012.

Most recently, the provision expired on December 31, 2013.  As has happened several times in the past, we’ve gone through an entire year under the former rule, with no certainty what the law will be. Once again, there is strong bi-partisan support for making the provision permanent.  The House of Representatives has already voted for it. The question now is whether the Senate will follow suit. It has until the end of this year to do so.

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You Make These Stories Possible: Knee High Naturalists

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You helped the Columbia Land Conservancy offer environmental education programs called ‘Knee High Naturalists’ for young children throughout the summer. With your support, the children learned about the natural world in a fun hands-on setting: they explored a pond, hiked trails, listened to stories, and created crafts, all the while discovering the richness of animal and plant life at our Public Conservation Areas. You can view our Knee High Naturalist photo album on Facebook here.
Please, support our Annual Fund so together we can continue educating the next generation of conservationists. You can double the impact of your gift today!


You Can Read Or Download Our Fall-Winter 2014 Newsletter

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Our Fall-Winter 2014 Newsletter is now available on our website. Inside, you will find stories about two farm families protecting their land; a successful farmer-landowner partnership in Ghent; the Greenagers’ accomplishments this summer; our community outreach with Conservation Advisory Councils; the vision for Hudson’s North Bay; the latest volunteer ambassador profile; our Board’s exciting Annual Fund challenge that can double your contribution; and much more.
Our members and supporters will receive their copies in the mail the next few days. You can also pick up a hard copy in our store at 49 Main Street, Chatham, open Mo – Fr, 9:00 – 5:00 pm.
As always, we look forward to your feedback. Happy reading!


CLC Application Receives NYS Farmland Protection Grant Award

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On October 20, 2014, Governor Cuomo announced the 2014 Farmland Protection Grants. The Columbia Land Conservancy’s application to protect 212 acres of Ronnybrook Farm in Ancram was among the 21 projects statewide that received funding.  A separate application by the Dutchess Land Conservancy will protect an additional piece of the farm to the south. With these grants, the dairy operation and associated farmland will be permanently protected. Scenic Hudson Land Trust will also contribute funds toward this project.
Protecting family farms and Columbia County’s rural identity is at the core of our mission. We hope you will continue supporting our efforts so together we can further this mission.


Annual Fund Challenge – Double The Impact Of Your Gift Today

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Our Annual Fund Drive is officially under way, and we have a great challenge for you!

If you increase the amount of your gift from last year, every dollar over and above last year’s amount will be matched. If you did not contribute in 2013, every dollar you contribute will be matched thanks to this $100,000 challenge from our Boar of Trustees! 85% of our annual budget comes from individuals like you. Help us protect what you value!

Now you can double the impact of your gift thanks to this exceptional challenge. Please consider a generous gift to our annual fund and help us to broaden the pace of conservation throughout the community: call 518 392 5252, or Click here to  donate today.

We can’t do it without you!