by Peter Paden Published November 7, 2014 in the Register-Star
Cost Efficient Conservation: Congress is Running Out of Time
Eight years ago, in 2006, Congress enacted a simple change in the law that substantially increased the pace of private land conservation. But the change was only designed to last for two years, so the issue had to be revisited again in 2008. Despite an overwhelming bi-partisan consensus that the change made sense and should be made permanent, it was renewed only for another two year term. The same thing happened in 2010. And in 2012.
Most recently, the provision expired on December 31, 2013. As has happened several times in the past, we’ve gone through an entire year under the former rule, with no certainty what the law will be. Once again, there is strong bi-partisan support for making the provision permanent. The House of Representatives has already voted for it. The question now is whether the Senate will follow suit. It has until the end of this year to do so.
by Peter Paden Published October 3, 2014 in the Register-Star
Autumn Is Here Again; Don’t Miss It
Fall is here. The days are getting shorter, the nights colder, the air crisper and autumn colors are starting to emerge. I was mowing an area I know well on a gorgeous sunny afternoon the other day, an area I would say is pretty ordinary as outdoor spots around here go. Looking up, I was suddenly stunned by the riot of color that surrounded me – color emanating from trees, shrubs and grasses that are my everyday acquaintances. Somehow, though, they appeared brand new to my senses at that moment and beautiful beyond belief. I know I seem to say this every year, but I just love the fall. I don’t think there is anything that can beat a beautiful autumn day.
by Peter Paden Published September 5, 2014 in the Register-Star
What Will the Future Hold?
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.
View CLC’s 2013 Annual Report.
View CLC’s 2014-2016 Strategic Plan Report.
Our strategic plan is the product of a comprehensive process undertaken by CLC in 2012-2013. The plan is designed to help us identify the key planning issues in our community; establish priorities for our land conservation efforts; design specific strategies to ensure that CLC’s resources are focused for maximum impact; and create plans to ensure our financial stability.
This Strategic Plan Report outlines our goals for 2014-2016, organized into six specific strategic areas.
We look forward to a focused, coordinated and efficient three years – with your support.
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.