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Local Food at Country Barbecue

Join 1,000 supporters of local conservation at a beautiful Columbia County farm for a barbecue featuring live entertainment, kids activities, and demonstrations drawing from rural traditions. The 2014 Country Barbecue will be held on Sunday, May 25 from 4:30 to 8:00 pm in Old Chatham, NY, and includes delicious food sourced from local farms and an array of beer and wine. No matter where you are at the event, you’ll be close to a culinary experience. There are passed entrees, cheese platters, and two bars serving wine and local beer from award-winning Chatham Brewing. Visit the buffet to indulge a variety of passions. CONTINUE READING


Conservation: A Solid Strategy for Economic Development

by Peter Paden Published April 4, 2014 in the Register-Star

Conservation: A Solid Strategy for Economic Development

I have a great idea to bolster economic development in Columbia County: we should as an entire community renew and redouble our commitment to conservation.  We should collaborate to create as many publicly accessible parks, forests and nature preserves as possible; we should aggressively work to construct a system of interconnecting trail corridors;  we should conserve as much good farm and forest land as quickly as we can.

Seriously?  Yes, seriously. CONTINUE READING


Spectacular Raffle

 raffle tickets

Support local conservation by buying raffle tickets. Great opportunities to enjoy the best of Columbia County abound.

Raffle items include wonderful ways to enjoy the best of the region:
Hot air balloon ride over Columbia County; a Kayak; Party for 20 with tent, food, and live music; Raised bed gardens built and planted in location of your choice; and more! (Images are for illustration only)

Main Streets of Columbia County

Main Streets of Columbia County Basket
Basket with the BEST of Columbia County, including gift certificates to local farms, restaurants and businesses, local wares and locally crafted items.
Value: $1,500- $2,000
Ticket price: $10

raised garden beds

Raised Beds
This includes the beds (two beds, 8×3’), soil, and all plantings, to be built and planted on site.
Provided by: Columbia Land Conservancy and installed by CLC staff!
Value: $750- $1,000
Ticket price: $25


Brand new Perception Impulse 10.0 kayak with a paddle and lifejacket included.
Provided by: Steiner’s Sports
Value: $499
Ticket price: $25

hot air balloon ride

Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two

Hot air balloon flight over Columbia County, for two, including a picnic lunch afterward.
Provided by: Russ Barber Hot Air Balloon Rides
Value: $575
Ticket price: $50

party for 20

Party Package

Party for 20 guests, including tent & rentals with delicious local food, beer & live music!
Provided by:
Carlucci-Simons Catering, Chatham Brewing, Cantele Tent Rentals
& The Wickers Creek Band*
*Subject to availability
Value: $3,500
Ticket price: $75

Enter the raffle for a chance to win spectacular prizes! You can purchase tickets at the CLC Store at 49 Main Street in Chatham, or purchase them at the Country Barbecue. With any questions, please contact Elizabeth Phillips at 518.392.5252, ext 202.

100% of the proceeds support CLC’s conservation work.


Spring-Summer 2014 Newsletter

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More Power Lines In Our Future?

by Peter Paden Published March 7, 2014 in the Register-Star

More Power Lines In Our Future?

Power line proposals are in the headlines in Columbia County these days. A couple of years ago NYSEG proposed to construct a new power line across more than 11 miles of farms, wood lots, wetlands and scenic public spaces in Ghent. More recently, serious discussion is underway of proposals arising out of Governor Cuomo’s so-called “Energy Highway” initiative that could significantly expand major power line corridors already bisecting large portions of our county, leading to the condemnation of hundreds of acres of privately-owned land, including productive farmland, healthy forests and other sensitive ecosystems, and creating an enormous visual blight across a broad and lengthy swath of our landscape. CONTINUE READING

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by Peter Paden
Published February 7, 2014 in the Register-Star

Farming Our Future: February 22, Taconic Hills, Don’t Miss It

When was the last time you were at an event in Columbia County attended by several hundred people from widely varying sectors of the community who got together and focused in a substantive, constructive and friendly way on a major issue confronting our county?  For me, it was eleven months ago, when I attended the second annual Farming Our Future conference at the Taconic Hills High School.  It was a great day of learning, discussion and networking focused on the future of farming in Columbia County.  The conference brought together a diverse array of experienced farmers, aspiring farmers, people who own farm land or are looking to acquire it, professionals who work in farm-related businesses and non-profits, professionals from the food industry, educators, political and community leaders, and people whose only connection to agriculture is that they love living in a rural area and want to ensure it will remain so.  It was a terrific event.  And I wrote an article that explained why anyone with a connection to farming in Columbia County or an interest in it would have loved being there.

This year, the third annual conference will be held on Saturday February 22, and I figure it’s more useful to tell you all about it now, before the fact, so maybe you can make plans to be there.  If you are interested in these things, you really ought to try to make it.



Seven Properties Conserved in December 2013

Climbing Tree Farm

In December, CLC completed seven voluntary conservation transactions that permanently protected 780 acres. These properties include working farms, scenic forests, and critically important wildlife habitat. With the completion of these projects, CLC now holds 170 conservation easements on 23,700 acres of private lands across Columbia County. [Pictured in photo the Ross family, proud owners of a new conservation easement after closing]