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Seven Properties Conserved in December 2013

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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]

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support our annual fund and Help us create more stories like these in 2014

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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 tom@clctrust.org or 518.392.5252, ext. 209.

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Helping Five generations to protect their family land in Hillsdale

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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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Ardith Mae Farm – a double farmer landowner match success story

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Reflecting on CLC’s accomplishments in 2013, this week we are highlighting a double Farmer Landowner Match success story:
First, in 2011, CLC worked with Scenic Hudson to protect an 82-acre property in Stuyvesant from future development and to make it economically feasible for David Rowley of Monkshood Nursery to purchase the land for his certified organic herb and vegetable farm. Then, we got a call from Shereen Alinaghian, owner of Ardith Mae Goat Farm, who was looking to move her operation from Pennsylvania. She had heard about CLC’s Farmer Landowner Match Program at the Green Market in NYC. As of February of this year, she is leasing the barn from David Rowley of Monkshood Nursery, and now the two farmers are planning to jointly expand their operations.
“It is thanks to CLC that I am here and thanks to CLC that Shereen is here” says Rowley of the work we do.
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Hike 5 program connects generations to the land

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Reflecting on CLC’s accomplishments in 2013, our feature story of the week is our Hike Five! Summer Challenge. We challenged the community to get outdoors and visit any five of the hikes, trails, or walks described in the guidebook Columbia County Outdoors, which includes CLC’s 10 Public Conservation Areas. Participants who came in to tell us their stories received a prize package, including a water bottle, stylish badge, and coupon for a discount in the CLC store!

Like many Hike Five! Summer Challenge participants, five year-old Oliver and his father Jim came to our office to share the exciting news that they had hiked more than five of the hikes described in the guidebook Columbia County Outdoors. Way to go Oliver!

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Climbing Tree Farm, November 2013

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Reflecting on CLC’s accomplishments in 2013, our feature story of the week is the Climbing Tree Farm -A farm match made by CLC.

For six years the Gails had been looking for suitable farmland to start their farm. A friend told them about CLC’s Farmer-Landowner Match Program and within months of joining they found land in New Lebanon and Climbing Tree Farm was born. They purchased 20 acres of land and lease an additional 370 acres.
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Building Trails- Building Communities

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Reflecting on CLC’s accomplishments in 2013, our feature story of the week is the Greenagers – Youth Working to Strengthen our Environment and Community.
This past summer seven Taconic Hills High School …students worked through rain, heat and bugs to cut a new trail as part of the Round Ball Mountain Conservation Area Expansion. They were given the tools and taught the skills to build a two mile ridge trail that will be here for generations to come.
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