The Columbia Land Conservancy applauds Congressman Chris Gibson for co-sponsoring the Conservation Easement Incentive Act, H.R. 2807. The bill was adopted by the full House of Representatives as part of the America Gives More Act, H.R. 4719. The Conservation Easement Incentive Act has been the number one legislative priority for the land trust community for several years. It makes it possible for people of modest financial means who own property with high conservation value to be able to afford to permanently protect their land.
“Conservation easements [...] have led to a significant increase in the acreage of protected farms and forests across the country—properties that benefit all of us through their agricultural productivity and natural beauty,” said Congressman Gibson. Gibson, who has been a leader on conservation issues in the House, specifically thanked CLC for our efforts in farmland protection and habitat conservation.
To learn more about conservation easements, and CLC’s efforts, click here.
To learn more about the Conservation Easement Incentive Act, click here.
Last Thursday’s Columbia Paper editorial discusses the North Bay project: “CLC and city and county officials have made great progress over the last three years and now have agreed to support a modest initiative aimed at planning the specific steps needed to create the North Bay Recreation and Natural Area….. [the] small steps it would take to improve and extend a new point of public access to the Hudson River and its shoreline also remind us what makes this county a special place. No matter how we measure the financial rewards from this new natural resource, its existence will enrich our lives.”
We hope you help us safeguard North Bay’s special habitats during your visits, and support our efforts to bring this public recreational space to fruition.
by Peter Paden Published July 4, 2014 in the Register-Star
Climate Change: It’s Real and It’s Serious
I learned something really interesting the other day about snapping turtles. Their gender is determined by the temperature of the nest where the eggs are incubated. Turtles lay eggs anywhere from 6 to 10 inches deep. Those closer to the surface are warmer, and produce females; males are a product of the deeper, cooler nests. To me, this is one of those fascinating scientific factoids that inspire amazement and awe at the mysteries of the universe.
We will keep the Independence Day festivities going at our 3rd PCA Day of the summer with fun to last into the evening on July 5th, Saturday at Siegel – Kline Kill Conservation Area. There will be old-fashioned games and races (horseshoe, sack-race, bubble blowing, etc); two fun duck-herding demonstrations; an Independence Day themed story by a professional story-teller; our Hike 5 Program; a Bonfire with s’mores; and much more! This day will be for the young and young-at-heart alike! Please, check our website for details, and please register for this event.
At the first “Best of Columbia County” awards presented by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and the Register Star, CLC was honored to have been voted the Best Non-Profit/Community Organization!
by Peter Paden Published June 6, 2014 in the Register-Star
North Bay Update
A year and a half ago, I wrote in this column about a wonderful vision for a critical portion of the City of Hudson’s waterfront, the area in and around the North Bay. The Columbia Land Conservancy had previously published a study, which we called a Concept Master Plan for a North Bay Recreation and Natural Area (the “Concept Master Plan” or the “Plan”). The Plan would do a number of cool things.
by Peter Paden Published May 2, 2014 in the Register-Star
CLC Country BBQ and More: Celebrate and Enjoy Columbia County’s Great Outdoors
Those of us fortunate enough to live in Columbia County are surrounded by an exceptionally beautiful, diverse, fascinating and fragile outdoor world. For many of us, it is a major reason to be here. But we’re all busy. Life is full of demands, and a lot of times we find ourselves taking our major enjoyment of the county’s natural assets from the comfort of an automobile, as we scurry about from one appointment to another. It isn’t always easy to find the time or the occasion to get into the outdoors to explore and enjoy it.