Frequently Asked Questions

Are the Public Conservation Areas still open?

Yes! Please observe social distancing when visiting, and be mindful of choke points like parking lots. Continue to obey all site rules, and practice Leave No Trace ethics. If you visit a site with a full parking lot, please do not park on the road. If you self-quarantining after arriving from outside the County, please do not visit a Public Conservation Area during your 14-day isolation period. Click here to read our statement on Public Conservation Area use.

If the Public Conservation Areas are full, you can visit other public lands in Columbia County. For a limited time, we’re making the Columbia County Outdoors Guides available digitally.

Click here for the Northern County map.

Click here for the Northern County guidebook.

Click here for the Southern County map.

Click here for the Southern County guidebook.

You can still obtain a fishing permit! We’ve set up an online form here.

Is CLC scheduling any public programs?

All public programs are cancelled through the remainder of 2020. To stay informed about upcoming public programs, visit our Events Calendar. We are currently offering virtual programs, and posting downloadable education activities each week.  We have also developed an email list-serve with education activities. Click here to email to enroll in the list-serve.

The Annual Photography Show is a great way to engage in outdoor activity while practicing social distancing. Click here to learn more.

How is CLC supporting the farming community?

We are working with our partners to develop and share resources for farmers and landowners, as well as ideas for how we can all support our local farming community. Click here to learn more. 

Many farms in Columbia County have adjusted their businesses to accommodate COVID-19 safety protocols and meet increased demand for fresh food. Search below to find what you are looking for. Click here for a directory of local farms!


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