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Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy

In 2017, Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy celebrates its silver anniversary and 25 years of land conservation in the Capital Region. Founded in 1992, MHLC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the distinct natural, scenic, agricultural and cultural landscapes of the Mohawk and Hudson River valleys- for all to enjoy. Since our founding, we have protected more than 5,000 acres of land in Albany, Schenectady and Montgomery counties, including more than 2000 acres open to the public for hiking, cross-country skiing, and other educational and recreational opportunities.

MHLC provides important benefits to those who live in the region, including scenic views, plant and animal diversity, clean air and water, and the chance to explore and learn about the natural features which make our region so special.

Our goals are to:

  • Increase the quantity as well as the strategic and community value of preserved lands in Albany, Schenectady, and Montgomery counties.
  • Ensure the effective stewardship of preserved lands.  
  • Enhance the organization’s capacity to preserve and steward lands.  

The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy saves special places by promoting the voluntary conservation of farmland and natural landscapes in cooperation with landowners and local governments for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations. 


MHLC is an accredited land trust!   The Land Trust Alliance (LTA) is a national organization that provides support and assistance to more than 1700 land trusts nationwide. Through their accreditation program they recognize land trusts that have met a rigorous set of standards ranging from operations to complex legal transactions. The LTA accreditation tag line captures the spirit of the program “Excellence-Trust-Performance” and they are all standards that MHLC is continuing to uphold.

The LTA promotes voluntary land conservation and strengthens the land trust movement by providing the leadership, LTAC_seal_greeninformation, skills, and resources that land trusts need in order to conserve land for the benefit of communities and natural systems. There are currently over 1,600 land trusts operating in communities across the nation and they have preserved more than 37 million acres of land.

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