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.
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