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While we take June off from hosting a Green Drinks event, we are busy lining up fantastic speakers for the upcoming months. We would love to hear your suggestions! Please take a minute to tell us who you would like to see at Green Drinks – take our easy survey.
Green Drinks Hudson is on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, with a different guest speaker every time. Please contact CLC’s Heidi Bock, 518 392 5252, ext. 207, with questions.
We’ll see you in July!
Location will vary. This event will take place between June 8 – 26, weekdays only. Come and help CLC remove the invasive species Trapa natans, commonly known as Water Chestnut, from our following Public Conservation Areas: Hand Hollow, Ooms, and possibly others.
You can join us for as much or as little as you’d like. CLC staff will train you about the proper ways to remove this highly aggressive invasive species prevalent in Columbia County, and will show you how to safely dispose of it by boat or from shore. Please, dress for getting wet. If you have a canoe, kayak, or row boat, please bring it. For more information and to participate, please contact Nate Davis, 518 392 5252, ext. 205.
Join us for a lovely early morning bird walk with local expert Larry Federman of Audubon New York. The trails of Siegel- Kline Kill Conservation Area will take us through working farm fields and a floodplain forest along the Kline Kill, and will afford us the opportunity to look for birds in both grassland and woodland habitats. We will provide binoculars, but if you have your own, please bring them.
We invite you to the Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) Roundtable, hosted by CLC. CACs are volunteer municipal committees that advise towns on issues related to land, water, and other natural resources. At the Roundtable, members of CACs from around the county will share news and progress about their work. The event is free, and we will provide light refreshments.
Celebrate National Trails Day and join CLC staff on a guided hike from Greenport Conservation Area to Harrier Hill – and back. The round trip hike will be over six miles, so participants have the option of ending their hike at Harrier Hill, as long as they provide their own transportation. We’ll explore the less traveled Stockport connector trail: its spectacular views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains, and the significant trail restoration performed by CLC staff last year, including five brand new bridges. Make sure you dress in layered hiking clothes, bring plenty of water, and feel free to remain either at Harrier Hill or Greenport for a picnic lunch after the hike. Enjoy the outdoors with us on National Trails Day!
Join us for a Trees for Tributaries Planting Party – a fun afternoon of planting native trees and shrubs along the Kline Kill, a tributary to the Hudson River. Help CLC as we work to stabilize the banks of the Kline Kill and encourage native plant growth in place of some invasive plants we recently removed. CLC partnered with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) for this project. This will be a very hands on event so please bring your boots, gloves, water and sunscreen. NYS DEC staff will teach us about the importance of this project and will guide us through the planting process. Everyone is welcome, pets must remain on leash.
With questions, please contact Nate Davis, 518 392 5252, ext. 205. Please, register on Volunteer Spot by clicking here.
Our signature event is the Annual Country Barbecue, held on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend. This year, we are celebrating local farming and our county’s rural character. This celebration combines the best of a country fair and an elegant picnic, and draws upwards of 1,000 people. The Country Barbecue will be held at Dutch Hollow Farm and will celebrate CLC’s extensive and innovative work in support of agriculture in the Hudson Valley region. Highlights of the event will include farm tours, working oxen demonstrations, hay rides, many children’s activities as well as live music, raffles, and delicious local food and drinks. The proceeds from this year’s event will help fund CLC’s programs for 2015 that support farming in our region.
Please, note: After 6:00 pm on May 23, 2015, Saturday you will be able to purchase tickets at the event only.
Conservation advisory councils (CACs) advise local governing boards and agencies on matters related to the environment. This workshop will explain what conservation advisory councils are, how to start one, and some of the key elements of effective councils. Representatives from three CACs will give examples of their work. There will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion. Light refreshments will be provided. Self‐certification forms will be provided for 2.0 credit hours of land‐use training for municipal boards.
Please, register online at www.intro-to-cac.eventbrite.com or by phone 518 622 9820, ext. 26. With questions, please contact Audrey Kropp, Cornell Cooperative Extension at (518) 622-9820, ext. 26.
Event sponsors: Greene Land Trust, the Columbia Land Conservancy, NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia-Greene Counties, Hudsonia Ltd., and the Columbia County Environmental Management Council.
Our monthly Green Drinks event is on Tuesday, May 19th at 5:30 pm at Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY. This event is a great opportunity to meet and network with conservation-minded people in Columbia County.
Joining us this month is “Farms Not Prisons ” Farmer and Organizer Jalal Sabur, who will discuss how the Freedom Food Alliance is building a movement to use the power of food and food justice to address mass incarceration and the criminal justice system. The Freedom Food Alliance is a collective of small rural and urban farmers, activists, artists, prisoners and prison families who use food as an organizing tool. The alliance started the VROOM Cooperative and Victory Bus Project to connect urban and rural communities and to support families of prisoners with transportation to prisons in the Hudson Valley and a box of farm fresh food. Jalal coordinates the work of the Alliance, plus starting Sweet Freedom Farm in Germantown, NY with the goal to do farm education, a maple syrup operation and turn decommissioned prisons to farms.
Please, contact CLC’s Heidi Bock with questions. As always – Green Drinks is on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, with a different guest speaker every time. Same time, same place, different speaker – all waiting for you!
Join fellow bikers on this approximately 65-mile fun, non-competitive bike ride that will lead you over many scenic dirt roads, including the trails at Hand Hollow Conservation Area. The ride is supported by USA Cycling and sponsored by HRRT, Capital Bicycle Racing Club, Bountiful Bread, and Chatham Brewing.
Registration is $40 before April 30, $50 before May 15, and $60 on May 17th. The event benefits CLC.
Please click here to register.