Priority Areas

Conserving land is an everlasting process! Several open space resources within MHLC’s service area are especially important to the people of the region, and are therefore of particular interest to the Conservancy. These are the Hudson and Mohawk River corridors, the Pine Bush, Hoffmans Fault, and the Helderberg Escarpment. MHLC is actively working to conserve land in these project areas.

 

Pine Bush
 The Pine Bush is one of Albany County’s most unique ecological and geological areas. Pitch pine-scrub oak communities require intensive management to maintain the carefully balanced habitat. It has been the focus of numerous preservation efforts, including efforts by the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission and the Nature Conservancy. The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy will cooperate with such organizations in their preservation goals.

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Hoffman’s Fault
 Hoffman’s Fault displays a broad outcropping of rock that traverses the Town of Glenville from the Mohawk River through the Town of Charlton.

A significant part of the Fault is Wolf Hollow, a mile long ravine that was created by a massive geological displacement of 1000 feet in the earth’s surface. The geology of the Hollow is responsible for its diverse plant communities given the differing bedrock material and differing sunlight exposure along its steep slopes. Its geology is also responsible for creating a natural cleft through the Glenville Hills that Native Americans used as a shortcut to the upper Hudson and Atlantic coast. Today the lands that make up Wolf Hollow, including Chaughtanoonda Creek that flows along its base, and Hoffman’s Fault are of great beauty and are significant for their natural and cultural resources.

Hudson and Mohawk River Corridors
 The Hudson and Mohawk rivers have played key roles in the development of Albany, Schenectady, and Montgomery counties and the surrounding areas. In addition, they are important water, recreational, ecological, cultural, and scenic resources. For these reasons, groups like Scenic Hudson, the Hudson River Valley Greenway Council, and the NYS Canal Recreationway Commission have been formed to promote and protect the waters and river corridors. The Conservancy will cooperate with such organizations in their preservation goals.

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Helderberg Escarpment
 The Helderberg Escarpment is one of the most prominent natural features of Albany County, and a geologic resource of international importance. Its distinctive profile, bisecting much of the County, defines the physiographic separation between the hilltowns and the river plane communities. Inappropriate land uses on or near the Escarpment can have tremendous negative impact due to shallow soils, Karst aquifers, and the high visibility of the area both above and below the Escarpment. A priority of the Conservancy is to acquire interest in lands which would preserve the scenic, natural, and cultural values of this resource.

 

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