The Columbia Land Conservancy works with the community to conserve the farmland, forests, wildlife habitat, and rural character of Columbia County, strengthening connections between people and the land. Since our founding in 1986, the Columbia Land Conservancy has collaborated with partners to preserve the County’s vibrant rural character. We have conserved more than 30,000 acres of farmland, forests, and wildlife habitat to ensure clean air and water, healthy ecosystems, a strong agricultural sector, and a rich variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.
CLC works with the community to cultivate connection to the land by providing outdoor and educational activities at 10 Public Conservation Areas,to support agriculture by ensuring prime farmland continues to be available to the next generation of farmers, and to promote land protection and smart land use planning.
The Columbia Land Conservancy will be a dynamic force in supporting and sustaining a strong and vibrant rural community, where agriculture plays a central role in the economy, where development respects historic traditions and natural resources and where there are accessible open spaces and abundant, healthy natural lands and wildlife habitats.
In carrying out our work, the Columbia Land Conservancy is guided by the following core values:
Stewardship – Columbia County’s scenic landscapes, diverse wildlife habitats, and fragile natural resources are a trust to be conserved for future generations through sound stewardship practices.
Community – A shared appreciation for the land contributes to a strong and healthy community. Our conservation agenda should be responsive to the needs and desires of the people who live here.
Tradition – Agriculture has played a defining role in shaping Columbia County’s natural environment and community character. The working landscapes of the countryside and historic rural patterns of settlement in hamlets, villages, and towns are central to our heritage and should be maintained.
Collaboration – We collaborate with other groups and individuals with common objectives. We listen to all concerns. We treat everyone with respect.