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.
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.
by Peter Paden Published April 4, 2014 in the Register-Star
Conservation: A Solid Strategy for Economic Development
I have a great idea to bolster economic development in Columbia County: we should as an entire community renew and redouble our commitment to conservation. We should collaborate to create as many publicly accessible parks, forests and nature preserves as possible; we should aggressively work to construct a system of interconnecting trail corridors; we should conserve as much good farm and forest land as quickly as we can.
Seriously? Yes, seriously. CONTINUE READING
by Peter Paden Published March 7, 2014 in the Register-Star
More Power Lines In Our Future?
Power line proposals are in the headlines in Columbia County these days. A couple of years ago NYSEG proposed to construct a new power line across more than 11 miles of farms, wood lots, wetlands and scenic public spaces in Ghent. More recently, serious discussion is underway of proposals arising out of Governor Cuomo’s so-called “Energy Highway” initiative that could significantly expand major power line corridors already bisecting large portions of our county, leading to the condemnation of hundreds of acres of privately-owned land, including productive farmland, healthy forests and other sensitive ecosystems, and creating an enormous visual blight across a broad and lengthy swath of our landscape. CONTINUE READING
January 9, 2014
Radio Interview with Executive Director Peter Paden about CLC’s Recent Accomplishments and Ongoing Projects
On Thursday, January 9th CLC’s executive director Peter Paden met with hosts Ellen Thurston and Tom DePietro of WGXC’s Afternoon Show to answer questions about the Columbia Land Conservancy’s recent news and accomplishments, as well as projects for 2014. In particular they discussed the recent closings on seven conservation easements as well as the ongoing North Bay Project. To hear or to download the interview, click here.