Author Archives: Rebecca

Land Matters: Happy New Year

January 3, 2017Rebecca

Thirty Years, And Counting New Year’s Day is a milestone that inspires reflection and anticipation.  Arguably, there isn’t any reason why the dawning of every new day shouldn’t excite the same emotions, but somehow, when the new day brings with it the inexorable advance of another digit in the calendar year, it carries a weight that is hard to ignore. As organizations and as individuals, we are moved to ask: what do we have to show for our efforts of late?  Where are we going?  What is our plan for the coming year?  These questions have added weight for the Columbia Land Conservancy as we are wrapping up a year-long celebration of our 30th Anniversary and thinking, not just about the next twelve months, but about the 30 years that lie ahead. 2016 In Review We closed on three new conservation easements – two farms and a heavily forested property, bringing to 187 the number of privately owned properties in the county that we have permanently protected – 26,147 acres in all.  In addition, working with our partners at the Scenic Hudson Land Trust we obtained commitments for almost $10 million to purchase the development rights on a dozen of… Read More

Join us for Spontaneous Snowshoeing and Sledding!

November 30, 2016Rebecca

Have you always wanted to try out snowshoeing? Maybe you just want to meet new people and hit the sledding hills? Join us! Throughout the winter months, when conditions are right, we’ll host spontaneous sledding and snowshoeing events at our Public Conservation Areas. Rent snowshoes for $5 per adult or $10 per family; if you have fun you’ll have the opportunity to purchase children’s shoes for $15, or adult shoes for $30. Join the list by calling John Horton at 518.392.5252, ext. 210 or emailing him at

Land Matters: A Day in the Life

November 7, 2016Rebecca

LAND MATTERS Peter Paden* October 25, 2016 Another “Day in the Life” Each fall, thousands of students from New York City, Albany, and everywhere in between gather at various locations along the Hudson River for DEC’s annual “Day in the Life of the Hudson River Estuary,” now in its thirteenth year. Together with educators and volunteers, students become citizen scientists for the day, collecting important data on aquatic ecology, water conditions, and sediment composition, effectively creating a snapshot in time of life along the Hudson River. For over a decade now, the Columbia Land Conservancy has partnered with young people of all ages from schools across the county to participate in “Day in the Life.” This year, 42 students from Hudson High School joined CLC staff at Lasher Memorial Park in Germantown to take part in the largest “Day in the Life” yet, with over 4,500 other students at 80 different locations collecting data that will contribute to ongoing research projects led by the Hudson River Estuary Program. The following piece was written by John Horton, CLC’s Membership & Events Coordinator, who organized and led our Day in the Life project this year. What Did We Find? Lasher Memorial Park… Read More

Donate to the Annual Fund

November 7, 2016Rebecca

The stories on our website illustrate how your donations are at work to preserve our region’s rural character and special features. Thanks to you, we’re able to help family farmers protect their land, provide school children with unforgettable experiences, and conserve hundreds of acres of land for recreation and wildlife. Follow how we’re doing with our Annual Fund Appeal by checking back on our website regularly!  Giving to CLC has benefits for you, too! We recognize and appreciate all of our donors. All donors receive informative monthly emails, our newsletter, and our annual report. Depending on the size of your gift, you may be eligible to join The 1786 Society, which provides you with the opportunity to attend exclusive programs and events and to see some of our work first-hand. Click here to donate today!

Fall Newsletter Now Available

November 3, 2016Rebecca

Check out the latest issue of the CLC newsletter! Read about recent farmland projects, upcoming events, and the Over the Moon Gala held October 8. Access a digital copy of this and all our other CLC publications on our Publications page.

New York State New Farmer Grants Announced

October 28, 2016Rebecca

New York State has allocated $1 million in the 2016-2017 state budget for the third round of the New York State New Farmers Grant Fund. Its purpose is to provide grants to support beginning farmers who have chosen farming as a career and who materially and substantially participate in the production of an agricultural product on their farm. These grants will help farmers improve profitability resulting in the growth of agribusiness and the concomitant tax revenues within the state. The program has provided nearly $1.4 million to farmers since 2014. The list of previous awardees can be found here. Learn more and apply here.

Deer Hunting Season from October 1 to December 20

October 19, 2016Rebecca

Hunting season for deer only began October 1 and continues until December 20. Be safe and be seen! Wear orange at our Conservation Areas that allow hunting, or hike at Ooms, Borden’s Pond, or High Falls, where hunting is not permitted. CLC only allows hunting by licensed hunters who have received a special permit from CLC. The Yellow Trail at Greenport is closed during hunting season. Please call Nate Davis at 518.392.5252, ext. 205 if you have concerns. You can learn more about the and why of hunting at CLC properties here:…/huntingFAQ.pdf

Land Matters: It’s Important to Know What You’ve Got

October 4, 2016Rebecca

  “You don’t miss your water ‘til your well runs dry.” Like so many pieces of folk wisdom this one powerfully captures a simple truth about human life: In times of plenty it is easy to neglect the sources of our prosperity or our happiness, and only after they have been damaged or lost do we appreciate that they required care and nurturing to be sustained – care and nurturing that in the pressures of daily life we failed to provide. This basic truth applies losses of all kinds – the loss of a job, of a friend, of a valued community. It applies as well to the loss of a quality of life or a beloved landscape. I believe that most people who live in Columbia County love it here and that whether consciously or unconsciously the exceptional features of the land are an important part of what they love. The vast expanse of healthy forests, the vibrant and diverse farming sector, the wetlands, streams, ponds and lakes, the abundant wildlife, the clear night sky and clean water and clean air, the quiet country roads – all these things and more are essential ingredients of that elusive but universally… Read More

Chatham Bookstore Hosts Photographer Jerry Freedner, Proceeds Benefit CLC

July 27, 2016Rebecca

The Chatham Bookstore hosts a reception for an exhibit of landscape photographs by artist Jerry Freedner on Friday, August 26, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The show, “The Farmer’s Art,” is on view from August 5 through September 6, 2016. A landscape photographer, Jerry Freedner is currently focusing his energy on the rural lands and farms of the Hudson Valley. His photographs reflect a vision of the farmer as an artist and the land as art. The exhibit at the Chatham Bookstore celebrates “the farmer––as much the artist as the sculptor, the plow as the chisel and the earth as the stone.” Through the sale of his photographs and books, Freedner helps support the Columbia Land Conservancy, Agricultural Stewardship Association, and Scenic Hudson. The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation recently awarded him a grant to continue his work on behalf of land conservation in the Hudson Valley. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the exhibit at the Chatham Bookstore will go to support the Columbia Land Conservancy.

Join Us for Summer Fun August 6!

July 12, 2016Rebecca

Come out to Ooms for summer fun August 6! Pack a picnic to enjoy as you watch the sun set over Sutherland Pond and learn more about snapping turtles from educator Casey Tompkins. In addition to the beauty of Ooms and the wonder of snapping turtles, the event will feature: Kayaking and stand up paddling demonstrations Free Stewart’s ice cream Disc golf Hiking the trails We suggest a $20 per family donation to help CLC continue to maintain Ooms and our other nine Conservation Areas. You can register in advance by clicking here.