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You Make These Stories Possible: Recreation at Public Conservation Areas

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You helped CLC provide free recreational opportunities to thousands of visitors at our ten Public Conservation Areas all year round. Thanks to your support, CLC’s Public Conservation Areas offered visitors of all ages a chance to explore a variety of  activities (such as animal tracking, shown in photo); and build bonds with the natural world and with each other. View our Recreation at Public Conservation Areas photo album on Facebook.
Please, support our Annual Fund so together we can provide free recreational opportunities to Columbia County’s residents and visitors. Help us protect what you value! You can double the impact of your gift today!


You Make These Stories Possible: Outdoor Environmental Education

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You helped CLC offer free Environmental Education programs to hundreds of participants at our ten Public Conservation Areas (PCAs) throughout the year, including our three daylong ‘PCA Days.’ Thanks to your support, CLC helped participants discover the richness of local plants and wildlife in a fun hands-on setting; partnered with environmental educators to engage people of all ages; and fostered the connection between people and the beautiful surroundings here in Columbia County. View our Outdoor Environmental Education photo album on Facebook.
Please, support our Annual Fund so together we can continue making connections between people and the land. You can double the impact of your gift today!


You Make These Stories Possible: Greenagers Build Trails And Self-Esteem

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You helped CLC employ local high school students this summer in partnership with the youth organization Greenagers to build and improve the trails at our Public Conservation Areas. Thanks to your support, this Greenagers season was a win-win for all: visitors like you can soon expect access to seven miles of beautiful new trails at our Greenport and Round Ball Mountain Conservation Areas; CLC fostered community engagement in conservation; and the two Greenagers crews returned to high school as more confident young adults. View our Greenagers photo album on Facebook. Read about the Greenagers’ success in our Newsletter.
Please, support our Annual Fund so together we can continue inspiring the next generation of conservationists. You can double the impact of your gift today!


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!