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The Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and relies on the financial support of individuals.

Mission Statement

The Columbia Land Conservancy works with the community to conserve the farmland, forests, wildlife habitat, and rural character of Columbia County, strengthening connections between people and the land.


Since its inception CLC has:

  • Permanently protected 29,500 acres of land; CLC holds conservation easements and performs annual monitoring on 22,900 acres – 25% of all privately conserved land in the Hudson Valley and 60% in the Capital Region.
  • Established 5,750 acres of public land and manages 10 Public Conservation Areas.
  • Helped secure over $7 million dollars to ensure the protection of 5,800 acres of working farmland.
  • Created an agricultural program that promotes working farms and provides logistical support, including a successful match program with 25 farms on over 1,000 acres of land (as of June 2012).
  • Assisted with open space and trail development, conservation planning and agriculture issues throughout the County, including workshops and conferences, coordinating funding initiatives, and fostering partnerships among towns, county government, and allied conservation organizations.
  • Developed an environmental educational program that worked with 4,000 participants in 2012.

[ColumbiaCounty] is not a place to admire from afar, it is a place to be – to live and work and play – and the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) has played a critical role in forging that reality. Its relentless commitment to the preservation of farms, forests, wildlife and open space, agricultural development, trail building and restoration, and conservation education has been instrumental in ensuring that these communities retain their productivity, authenticity and vitality. . . I extend my deepest gratitude to the organization for having the foresight and dedication to ensure that this is not just our land to enjoy, but also our children’s.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
CLC is governed by a volunteer board of trustees and has a staff of fifteen. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, has awarded CLC accredited status which ensures we meet rigorous national standards for effective governance. The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce awarded CLC the Crystal Apple which recognizes an extraordinary contribution to economic progress, community improvement, and the quality of life in Columbia County.

Vision Statement

The Columbia Land Conservancy will be a dynamic force in supporting and sustaining a strong and vibrant rural community, where agriculture plays a central role in the economy, where development respects historic traditions and natural resources, and where there are accessible open spaces and abundant, healthy natural lands and wildlife habitats.


  • Columbia County Agriculture & Farmland Protection Plan Committee
  • Chatham Agricultural Partnership
  • Columbia County Agriculture Roundtable
  • Columbia County Bounty
  • Columbia County Farm to Schools Initiative
  • Columbia County Sportsmen’s Federation
  • Columbia County Tourism Development Board
  • Farm Bureau
  • Harlem Valley Rail Trail
  • Hudson Valley/Catskill Conservation Easement Working Group
  • Hudson-Mohawk Resource Conservation and Development Council
  • Land Trust Alliance Northeast Land Trust Conference Committee
  • Olana Landscape/Viewshed Advisory Committee

Annual Report and Financials