Featured News and Highlights

Conservation Advisory Councils: A Great Tool For Grassroots Conservation

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by Peter Paden Published July 1, 2015 in the Register-Star

One of our grandest dreams at the Columbia Land Conservancy is that the work we do will nurture a widespread appreciation among the people of Columbia County for the scenic beauty and rich ecological and agricultural resources of the land we inhabit and a commitment to cherish and protect those resources for future generations.  If enough of us truly value these things and understand their vital importance to our pocket books, our health, our environment and our quality of life, we will insist that the policies and practices that guide our economic development strategies and land use planning are designed to ensure that these special qualities will endure.

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CLC Reaches A Milestone In Our Farmer Landowner Match Program

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We recently completed CLC’s 50th match in the Farmer Landowner Match program when a Germantown landowner located a farmer to take over the operation of his vineyard. Since the Match program’s inception in early 2009, two thousand acres of land have been put into or maintained in agricultural production. The matches include just about every kind of farming one can find in the Hudson Valley: meat, dairy, vegetable, fiber, fruit, cider, cut flowers, grapes, hops, etc. CLC’s Match program has been greatly successful in helping farmers access farmland, promoting new and young businesses, protecting critical soils and natural resources, and supporting our community’s farming heritage. CLC partners with the Dutchess Land Conservancy and the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network.
To learn more about this initiative, please visit our website or contact Marissa Codey, 518 392 5252, ext. 211.


Grassland Birds, Dogs Off Leash And Mowing Schedules At Ooms

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CLC manages the fields at Ooms Conservation Area primarily for native grassland bird habitat, among them meadowlarks and bobolinks (in photo). Breeding pairs at Ooms are now raising their first brood of chicks. During this critical period it is important that these ground nesting species are allowed to raise their young in peace. Dogs off leash and off trail create unnecessary stress for the birds, can damage nests and chicks, and can cause the parents to abandon their nests. Please, keep dogs on leash and on trails to ensure the safety of our rare native birds. Please be aware that CLC requires all dog owners to keep their pets on leash at all times at all of our Conservation Areas. To further ensure the success of grassland chicks reaching adulthood, CLC will not mow the fields around Sutherland Pond before July 15th or later, at which point the fledgelings will be old enough to fly out of danger’s way.


Thank You For a Great Country Barbecue!

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Thank you for making our 2015 Country Barbecue such a wonderful success! We are truly energized by your continued support. Scores of guests came to enjoy the beautiful setting at Dutch Hollow Farm and delight in a great array of entertainment and demonstrations, endless delicious food and drink, live music, and fun company. This keystone fundraiser will help us continue our land conservation work throughout Columbia County. This year we are highlighting our innovative work in support of local agriculture. In case you missed it, click here to hear Executive Director Peter Paden sum up our accomplishments in a recent interview on WAMC. View photos from the event on our Facebook page.
Thank you for joining us at the Country Barbecue – we hope to see you next year!


Buy your tickets now for Sunday’s Country Barbecue!

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There is still time to buy tickets to our Annual Country Barbecue and save $10 off admission at the door.
This not-to-be-missed event is this Sunday,  May 24th, 4:30 – 8:00pm at Dutch Hollow Farm. This year’s event will feature our innovative work in support of local agriculture – click here to listen to Executive Director Peter Paden’s recent interview on WAMC about our accomplishments.
The forecast calls for sunny weather and mild temperatures, and we guarantee you the best time! Don’t leave anyone at home (except Fido) – children 5 and under are free, and anyone under 21 receives discount admission. We have planned fantastic non-stop entertainment and activities, fabulous raffle prizes, delicious food and drink, live music – all lasting into the evening. The all-inclusive ticket gives attendees full access to the demonstrations, all activities and entertainment, locally sourced food, drink, and live music from 4:30 to 8:00 pm.
Click here to purchase your tickets, or contact us for more information: 518.392.5252.
Don’t delay – Buy tickets now and save off the price at the door. 


Come Hungry to the Country Barbecue this Sunday

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Come hungry to our Annual Country Barbecue this Sunday,  May 24th, 4:30 – 8:00pm at Dutch Hollow Farm, and enjoy  food sourced from local farms and an array of award-winning beer and wine! No matter where you are at the Country Barbecue, you’ll be close to a culinary experience!
The delicious dishes served will include traditional southern-style pit BBQ with pork from a nearby farm, locally sourced hamburgers, hot dogs, and an array of amazing BBQ style sides, among them southern jambalaya. There will be vegetarian fare with black bean burgers, grilled vegetables, green salads, dips, as well as savory cheese platters. Two bars will serve wine and local, award-winning beer from Chatham Brewing. Children will enjoy a chocolate milk and lemonade station. And let’s not forget about our huge selection of desserts complete with ice cream, cookies, brownies and watermelon.
Did we wet your appetite? Don’t delay – Buy tickets now and save off the price at the door. 


Come to the Country Barbecue This Weekend

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The Annual Country Barbecue is this Sunday,  May 24th, 4:30 – 8:00pm at Dutch Hollow Farm. You can buy raffle tickets now through May 24th and support our common conservation efforts! There are so many great prizes for you to win. For example, you can revel in a weekend long farm-stay, where you can see first hand how a farm is run, spend time with hardworking farmers, and enjoy delicious local food and drink. You can enjoy a scenic tour for two and sample our region’s wineries, breweries, and distilleries. How about winning a whole season’s supply of delicious organic vegetables from a local CSA? We thought you’d like the sounds of that! Raffle tickets are available now through May 24, 2014. You can purchase them over the phone, in person in our store, by mail, or oat the event, of course! We are at 49 Main Street, Chatham, NY, 12037; 518.392.5252. While we hope you will attend the Country Barbecue, you don’t have to. The drawing will be on Wednesday, May 27th, and we will notify winners by phone. Click here to view our raffle items. You will feel like a winner with every raffle purchase!