Conserve Your Land

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Protect your land today!

By working with a nonprofit land trust like the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, you can decide which of the following choices is the best way to protect your land.

CONSERVATION EASEMENT

A conservation easement is a tool often used by land trusts in cooperation with property owners to preserve land. It is a legal agreement made between a land owner and a land trust to restrict the type and amount of development that may take place on a piece of property.

LAND DONATION

MHLC accepts donations of land.

To be of interest to the Conservancy, a parcel of land should first meet the requirements of one or more of the following land categories.

 SCENIC VISTAS & VIEWPOINTS

Locations exist throughout the counties that provide views of distant mountains, forests, rolling farmland, rivers, and the dramatic City of Albany skyline. Lands which command these views are in great demand as building sites. The Conservancy places emphasis on acquiring areas which protect scenic vistas that have particular value to residents throughout its service area.

 GEOLOGIC & SCIENTIFIC RESOURCES

This category includes lands of geologic importance (such as significant karst or glacial features) or lands which offer educational or research opportunities of particular value to the scientific community.

 STREAM CORRIDORS

This category includes land which would provide public access to streams, allow for the creation of streamside trails, contribute to the protection of water resources, or protect important aquatic or terrestrial habitat.

  TRAIL CORRIDORS

Lands that provide access to or extend existing trails, allow for new trails to be built, or that buffer trails from conflicting land use are invaluable to the Conservancy because they allow people to enjoy the community through nature walks or hikes. For an example, check out the Rail Trail.

 WORKING LANDSCAPES

This term applies to lands being utilized for their natural resources, particularly farming and forestry. Working landscapes provide wildlife habitat and scenic value, and can also be a source of recreational, economic, or educational opportunities.

  WETLANDS

Wetlands of interest are those which provide valuable plant, fish, or wildlife habitat, flood protection, aquifer recharge, or educational or recreational opportunities. Although there are wetland laws at both the State and Federal levels, conservation easements and ownership of wetlands are the most effective protection.

  SIGNIFICANT HABITATS

This category includes significant aquatic or terrestrial habitats, corridors to link larger areas of significant habitat, areas used by migrating wildlife, lands containing exemplary ecosystems, or habitats which offer important educational or recreational opportunities.

  HISTORIC & ARCHAEOLOGICAL AREAS

The Mohawk Hudson Region has a rich history due to its location at the convergence of two of the region’s great rivers. It was one of the first areas of New York State to be colonized by European settlers and was a focal point of Native American activities prior to the arrival of Europeans. Areas of interest include those which would contribute to the preservation of important cultural resources.

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