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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!


Autumn Is Here Again; Don’t Miss It

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by Peter Paden Published October 3, 2014 in the Register-Star

Autumn Is Here Again; Don’t Miss It

Fall is here.  The days are getting shorter, the nights colder, the air crisper and autumn colors are starting to emerge.  I was mowing an area I know well on a gorgeous sunny afternoon the other day, an area I would say is pretty ordinary as outdoor spots around here go.  Looking up, I was suddenly stunned by the riot of color that surrounded me – color emanating from trees, shrubs and grasses that are my everyday acquaintances.  Somehow, though, they appeared brand new to my senses at that moment and beautiful beyond belief.  I know I seem to say this every year, but I just love the fall.  I don’t think there is anything that can beat a beautiful autumn day.

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Update On Electric Transmission Line Expansion

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At the end of August the NYS Public Service Commission (PSC) released their proposal to review projects for the expansion of electric transmission lines in the Hudson Valley.
CLC and other members of the Hudson Valley Smart Energy Coalition renewed the call for the state to protect the historic, scenic, environmental, and cultural resources of the Hudson Valley by launching a petition to Governor Cuomo, legislative leaders, and the PSC. The petition asks that before moving ahead, the PSC examine the need for major new transmission capacity and respond to the concerns of communities in the Hudson Valley.
You can read, and add your voice to, the petition here.


CLC Staff Head To The National Land Conservation Conference

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Between September 18-20, 2014 many of CLC’s staff will be attending workshops and presentations at the National Land Conservation Conference (also called the Rally) organized by the Land Trust Alliance in Providence, RI.
This conference will be an opportunity for our staff to learn new skills, share insights and ideas, and get to know other professionals from around the country who are also working toward our shared goal of land protection. CLC’s Tony Colyer-Pendas, Director of Conservation Programs, will be among the dozens of presenters from around the country.

 


What Will the Future Hold?

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by Peter Paden Published September 5, 2014 in the Register-Star

What Will the Future Hold?

Have you ever asked yourself what Columbia County is going to look like 50 years from now?

  • How will people who live here make a living?  Will most of them be employed by businesses based in the county, or somewhere else, like the greater Capitol District, New York City or Boston?  How many will telecommute, or generate their own incomes taking advantage of the internet?  Perhaps many people will commute every day to New York City by high speed rail.  Maybe we’ll have a lot more farmers, producing food closer the populations that crave fresh, affordable food.