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Fall-Winter 2014 Newsletter

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Autumn Is Here Again; Don’t Miss It

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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.

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What Will the Future Hold?

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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.
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2013 Annual Report

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Strategic Plan Report 2014-2016

View CLC’s 2014-2016 Strategic Plan Report.AR2012
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.

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Climate Change: It’s Real and It’s Serious

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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.

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North Bay Update

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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.

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