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.
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.
We’re working toward achieving this vision every day. Since our inception, we have:
- Permanently protected 26,147 acres of private land land; CLC holds conservation easements and performs annual monitoring on 25% of all privately conserved land in the Hudson Valley and 60% in the Capital Region.
- Own and manage 10 Public Conservation Areas on over 4,000 acres of land.
- Secured nearly $25 million to ensure the protection of over 11,000 acres of working farmland.
- Created an agricultural program that promotes working farms and provides logistical support, including a successful Farmer Landowner Match program with over 60 farm matches on over 2,900 acres of land.
- 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.
CLC has achieved Platinum status from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. Platinum status is the highest level of recognition available from GuideStar, and demonstrates our commitment to sharing our progress and the impact of our work.