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
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.
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]
Reflecting on CLC’s accomplishments in 2013, our feature story of the week is our annual Summer Camp Lottery that sponsored two children to attend the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation education camp for a week for free. The two young campers had a great time in the Catskills and Adirondacks learning outdoor skills, hiking, canoeing, fishing, and building a bond with the great outdoors. Our sponsorship was made possible thanks to the generosity of our Founder’s Fund donors. More on the camp can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/29.html
We are sponsoring three Columbia County residents, ages 11-to-17, for summer camp in 2014. Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2014. On January 22nd, 2014, three winners will be randomly selected. To enter, contact Tom Crowell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518.392.5252, ext. 209.
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Reflecting on CLC’s accomplishments in 2013, our feature story of the week is the conservation easement we are helping establish on land owned by four sisters in Hillsdale. What Elizabeth, one of the sisters, remembers most about visiting her grandparents in Hillsdale fifty years ago is standing in the doorway and looking out over Mount Washington and Mount Everett.“ That magnificent view, it was always there.”
CLC is helping Elizabeth and her sisters to ensure that the view will be there for their grandchildren. They are one of the 4 families our staff has been working with to protect 800 acres of scenic and ecologically important land. Collectively, these families are building a legacy that will endure at least as long as the stones Elizabeth’s grandfather gathered to build his home.
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