This summer, the Columbia Land Conservancy launched an exciting partnership with the Greenagers, a youth environmental organization based in the Berkshires that offers land stewardship training and summer employment opportunities. Since July 1, 2013, a seven person crew of young people ages 15 through 19 has been cutting a new trail as part of the expansion of CLC’s Round Ball Conservation Area in Ancram. The community is invited to join this dynamic, skilled, and hard-working team for a Community Trail Day on Sunday, August 11th, from 9-11am. Volunteers will be able to see first-hand the swift and impressive progress made on the new trail by the Greenagers, and pitch in to bring it to completion. CONTINUE READING
Adam Day, a member of Boy Scout Troop 2114 in Valatie, is working with the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) on a community service project to earn his Eagle Scout award. Day, a Stockport resident, is leading a volunteer project to replace several sections of bog bridging at CLC’s Borden’s Pond Conservation Area.
The bridging will traverse several small streams and seasonally muddy areas. Walking distance from the Village of Chatham, the Public Conservation Area’s two miles of trails and diverse wildlife is popular among area residents and visitors.
Outdoor enthusiasts will soon have a new place to visit – the expanded Round Ball Mountain Conservation Area.The Columbia Land Conservancy owns and manages the Public Conservation Area and is adding 310 acres as well as a significant trail extension to the site.
Site improvements and trail construction will get underway this year. The expanded portion will include a trail that will lead from the woods of the existing conservation area, across a ravine before climbing along a ridge known locally as “Fox Hill”, providing expansive views of the surrounding mountains and valley. CONTINUE READING
CLC has been coordinating planning and design for an approximately 5-mile extension of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail in Columbia County from Copake Falls to Hillsdale.
In support of this effort, CLC received a planning and design grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation for $121,965. The grant required a $40,655 matching contribution that was provided by a new community partnership, the Copake Hillsdale Rail Trail Alliance, with leadership also from the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Alliance. Construction documents for a full build-out of this trail segment are close to completion. In the meantime, two sections of the trail will be opened to the public on an informal basis in the coming months.
The opening of the first leg of a new Kinderhook trail system was recently celebrated. The trail joins four centuries of Dutch farming by linking the Luykas Van Alen house with the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, by way of present day Roxbury Farm. For the last four years, CLC has provided technical assistance for the project, including lending assistance from the National Park Service through the Rivers and Trails Program. The Kinderhook Dutch Farming Heritage Trail can be reached from trailheads at both the Luykas Van Alen House and at “Lindenwald,” the Martin Van Buren home.
Visit the recently improved Keep Conservation Preserve in Germantown, NY. It’s 143 acres of woods, wetlands, and old farm fields. Mowed paths and wooded trails provide an easy walk where many species of breeding, nesting, and resident birds can be see throughout the year. CLC assisted the Keep Conservation Foundation with installation of trail signage, a kiosk and trail map, and facilitated the design and printing of a preserve brochure.
by Peter Paden
Published September 7, 2012 in the Register-Star
On a sunny Sunday afternoon last month, my wife and I decided to take a hike. We thought it would be fun to go somewhere we hadn’t been before. For the past year, work has been underway to construct a trail connecting the Columbia Land Conservancy’s Greenport Public Conservation Area with Scenic Hudson’s Harrier Hill Park to the north, in Stockport. A few things remain to be done, but the trail is substantially complete so we decided to give it a try. It was a great idea. CONTINUE READING