Peter R. Paden
Peter has been Executive Director since February 1, 2007. Prior to that time, he practiced law in New York City specializing in environmental and land use projects and litigation. He has maintained a home in Columbia County since 1979, and before joining the staff, served 18 years on CLC’s Board of Trustees. A transplant from the Middle West, Peter comes from a long line of farming folk, and was drawn to Columbia County for its strong agricultural heritage. Peter says “I love this county, and I love this job. With a tremendously capable staff, a dedicated board, and a strong community of supporters, CLC is positioned to have a profound impact on the future of the land here.”
Peter developed a love of the natural world canoeing in the Minnesota-Canadian Boundary Waters, and with his wife Charlene still enjoys canoeing in local waters and in the Adirondacks, when they can get away.