Category Archives: News

Fall Newsletter Now Available

November 3, 2016Rebecca

Check out the latest issue of the CLC newsletter! Read about recent farmland projects, upcoming events, and the Over the Moon Gala held October 8. Access a digital copy of this and all our other CLC publications on our Publications page.

New York State New Farmer Grants Announced

October 28, 2016Rebecca

New York State has allocated $1 million in the 2016-2017 state budget for the third round of the New York State New Farmers Grant Fund. Its purpose is to provide grants to support beginning farmers who have chosen farming as a career and who materially and substantially participate in the production of an agricultural product on their farm. These grants will help farmers improve profitability resulting in the growth of agribusiness and the concomitant tax revenues within the state. The program has provided nearly $1.4 million to farmers since 2014. The list of previous awardees can be found here. Learn more and apply here.

Deer Hunting Season from October 1 to December 20

October 19, 2016Rebecca

Hunting season for deer only began October 1 and continues until December 20. Be safe and be seen! Wear orange at our Conservation Areas that allow hunting, or hike at Ooms, Borden’s Pond, or High Falls, where hunting is not permitted. CLC only allows hunting by licensed hunters who have received a special permit from CLC. The Yellow Trail at Greenport is closed during hunting season. Please call Nate Davis at 518.392.5252, ext. 205 if you have concerns. You can learn more about the and why of hunting at CLC properties here: http://clctrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/…/huntingFAQ.pdf

Land Matters: It’s Important to Know What You’ve Got

October 4, 2016Rebecca

  “You don’t miss your water ‘til your well runs dry.” Like so many pieces of folk wisdom this one powerfully captures a simple truth about human life: In times of plenty it is easy to neglect the sources of our prosperity or our happiness, and only after they have been damaged or lost do we appreciate that they required care and nurturing to be sustained – care and nurturing that in the pressures of daily life we failed to provide. This basic truth applies losses of all kinds – the loss of a job, of a friend, of a valued community. It applies as well to the loss of a quality of life or a beloved landscape. I believe that most people who live in Columbia County love it here and that whether consciously or unconsciously the exceptional features of the land are an important part of what they love. The vast expanse of healthy forests, the vibrant and diverse farming sector, the wetlands, streams, ponds and lakes, the abundant wildlife, the clear night sky and clean water and clean air, the quiet country roads – all these things and more are essential ingredients of that elusive but universally… Read More

Chatham Bookstore Hosts Photographer Jerry Freedner, Proceeds Benefit CLC

July 27, 2016Rebecca

The Chatham Bookstore hosts a reception for an exhibit of landscape photographs by artist Jerry Freedner on Friday, August 26, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The show, “The Farmer’s Art,” is on view from August 5 through September 6, 2016. A landscape photographer, Jerry Freedner is currently focusing his energy on the rural lands and farms of the Hudson Valley. His photographs reflect a vision of the farmer as an artist and the land as art. The exhibit at the Chatham Bookstore celebrates “the farmer––as much the artist as the sculptor, the plow as the chisel and the earth as the stone.” Through the sale of his photographs and books, Freedner helps support the Columbia Land Conservancy, Agricultural Stewardship Association, and Scenic Hudson. The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation recently awarded him a grant to continue his work on behalf of land conservation in the Hudson Valley. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the exhibit at the Chatham Bookstore will go to support the Columbia Land Conservancy.

Join Us for Summer Fun August 6!

July 12, 2016Rebecca

Come out to Ooms for summer fun August 6! Pack a picnic to enjoy as you watch the sun set over Sutherland Pond and learn more about snapping turtles from educator Casey Tompkins. In addition to the beauty of Ooms and the wonder of snapping turtles, the event will feature: Kayaking and stand up paddling demonstrations Free Stewart’s ice cream Disc golf Hiking the trails We suggest a $20 per family donation to help CLC continue to maintain Ooms and our other nine Conservation Areas. You can register in advance by clicking here.

Land Matters: What Does the Future Hold?

July 1, 2016Rebecca

What Does the Future Hold? Note: The following Land Matters column appeared in the [September 5, 2014 edition of the Register-Star/September 4, 2014 edition of the Courier]. It is reprinted here with only minor edits to reflect the passage of time. *************************************************************** Have you ever asked yourself what Columbia County is going to look like 50 years from now? • How will people who live here make a living? Will most of them be employed by businesses based in the county, or somewhere else, like the greater Capitol District, New York City or Boston? How many will telecommute, or generate their own incomes taking advantage of the internet? Perhaps many people will commute every day to New York City by high speed rail. Maybe we’ll have a lot more farmers, producing food closer the populations that crave fresh, affordable food. • Who will these people be? Will the mix of age, economic, political, racial and ethnic groups be similar or different from today? Demographers report that Columbia County is an area increasingly attractive to people whose children have grown, looking to escape the pressures of life in more urban environments. Perhaps we’ll see a growth of retirement communities. Will there… Read More

Check Out the Scenic Mapper!

June 6, 2016Rebecca

Last year, you contributed pictures of your favorite scenic views in Columbia County – thank you! We’ve compiled the results into an interactive map you can see by clicking here. Read more about the project here.

Land Matters: A Dream Within Reach for Hudson’s North Bay

May 2, 2016Rebecca

For quite a few years now, those of you who follow community issues in Hudson have been aware of an ambitious vision for the area on and near the capped landfill at the City’s North Bay. The vision calls for the creation of a nature preserve, more than 100 ecologically rich acres teaming with wildlife, offering spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Catskills beyond, a place where people could explore five distinct habitats and learn about the history of human settlement on the river shore, and from which they could set off on a walk that would connect with a seven mile trail network through a thousand acres of conserved forests and open fields along the river shore. All this in a city with an acute shortage of open space and a long-standing determination to take better advantage of its status as a Hudson River waterfront community. This is not a pipe dream.  It is a real possibility.  And a great deal of preparatory work has been done, at considerable expense.  With focus and determination, a buildable project could be ready to go in a year or two. But proposals like this take a long time to ripen,… Read More

Land Matters: CLC Could Use a Little Help from Our Friends

April 7, 2016Rebecca

The Columbia Land Conservancy is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and we’re looking forward to a yearlong celebration of that milestone in our institutional history. We are also marking our fifth year as an accredited land trust. And with that milestone, it is time now to renew our status. We’re in the final throes of submitting our reaccreditation application papers. It’s a lot of work, but it’s important. And we could use a little help. As part of the process, the Land Trust Accreditation Commission solicits input from members of the community on the quality and impact of our work, as more particularly described below. We’d be very grateful to any of you who may have a few minutes to participate in this effort. The Columbia Land Conservancy The mission of the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) is to work with the community to conserve the farmland, forests, wildlife habitat and rural character of Columbia County, strengthening connections between people and the land. In other words, our job is to find ways to ensure that the exceptional conservation qualities that make Columbia County such a special place — expansive forest tracts, excellent farmland, plentiful and clean surface waters, healthy and… Read More