The Spring-Summer 2015 Newsletter is available for download.
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Friday, May 22, 2015; 2:30 — 4:00 pm
Agroforestry Resource Center
6055 NY-23, Acra, NY 12405
May 17-23 is Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week. Citizens are encouraged to learn about the insect, learn the signs of infested trees, and learn ways to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis. EAB is a destructive insect introduced from Southeast Asia which is now killing ash trees throughout the region. The session is presented by Marilyn Wyman, Extension Educator and Rick Burstell, Program Educator. Come and learn the latest information about EAB in our region, get an Emerald Ash Borer field guide and bring home a free EAB water bottle or frisbee. The event is free.
Registration deadline is May 13. Please, register online or call 518 622 9820, ext 0.
Friday, May 1, 2015; 7:00 — 9:00 pm
Columbia-Greene Community College
Fine Arts Theatre
4400 Route 23, Hudson, NY
This Forum is presented by Dr. Brian Fallon, Director of the Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center at Columbia University. Dr. Fallon is internationally renowned for his work on the neurologic and neuropsychiatric aspects of Lyme disease. Dr. Fallon’s work has also included diagnostics and treatment studies. Dr. Fallon will provide an overview of Lyme disease and bring the audience up-to-date on the latest advances in research and strategies for prevention that are helping to solve the controversies and improve public health.
This program is free. However, registration is requested by April 29 online or by calling 518 622 9820, ext. O.
Don’t miss the 25th Annual Country Barbecue. Help support local agriculture and conservation. Read more about the event.
CLC celebrated Earth Day 2015 in style with DEC Commissioner Joe Martens joining Executive Director Peter Paden and New Lebanon Town Supervisor Mike Benson to officially open the 518-acre Hand Hollow State Forest. Read the official Press Release here.
The Hand Hollow state forest is managed for multiple uses, including recreation, timber production, watershed protection and wildlife habitat. Hand Hollow meets the requirements for state forest designation of more than 500 acres of forested area that allows for a wide variety of recreational uses. Recreational opportunities include hiking, biking, picnicking, horseback riding, camping, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife observation and photography. It is adjacent to CLC’s Hand Hollow Conservation Area.
Are you looking for farmland to lease or for a farmer to cultivate your land? Our Farmer Landowner Match program, a joint initiative of the Columbia Land Conservancy and Dutchess Land Conservancy, connects new farmers as well as multi-generation farming families with landowners who want to see their land return to production, or transition to a new kind of farm use. The farm operations involved with these matches include meat, vegetables, and crops. Since the program’s inception in 2008, we have had more than 45 matches, helping farmers gain access to more than 2,000 acres of land (including Ardith Mae Farm, in photo). Leasing land to a farmer offers an economic incentive to landowners not to develop their land, thus increasing the likelihood that it will remain a farm. Farmland kept in production provides the ecological benefits that CLC works hard to conserve to the benefit of all.
To learn more about the Match program, visit our website. or contact Marissa Codey, 518 392 5252, ext. 211.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015; 10:00 am — 5:00 pm and
Thursday, May 21, 2015; 9:30 am – 2:30 pm.
Norrie Point in Staatsburg, NY
Join us for an upcoming workshop intended for professionals dedicated to the study and conservation of the herpetofauna of the Hudson River Valley.
Part 1 (May 20th) will be an indoor presentation led by Erik Kiviat discussing their habitats and characteristics, threats to their populations, and field survey methods.
Part 2 (May 21) will consist of an extended field trip led by Jason Tesauro that will allow attendees to try out selected survey techniques and field gear often used in studying the native herpetofauna. Pre-registration is required by May 10th for both parts and space is limited. Fee of $30 for each part attended & part 2 only open to those attending part 1. Part 1 will be held at Norrie Point in Staatsburg, NY. Part 2 location TBA. For more information and to register, visit: http://hudsonia.org/events/ and click on the links provided.