Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy
The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy (MHLC) was founded in 1992 to protect the natural, scenic, agricultural and cultural landscapes of the Mohawk and Hudson River valleys.
We have protected more than 12,500 acres of land in Albany, Schenectady, and Montgomery counties.
MHLC’s conservation work in the Capital Region offers many public benefits, including 21 public preserves for hiking, cross-country skiing, and other educational and recreational opportunities. Additionally, our conservation lands protect natural resources to ensure clean water, clean air, and working landscapes for farming and forestry for a healthier Capital Region for current residents and for future generations.
MHLC is a non-profit organization and an accredited land trust through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Through the Commission’s accreditation program, MHLC meets rigorous standards for land acquisition and internal policies and procedures to ensure sound legal transactions and land management and stewardship of our conservation and easement lands in perpetuity. Accredited land trusts must apply for reaccreditation every five years as a means of ensuring these standards and practices are upheld.
Collective Impact: Staying Connected Initiative Member
MHLC’s work across the Capital Region is only a small subset of larger conservation efforts occurring across the Northeast. After all, species know no boundaries. They simply move across the landscape as their instincts have told them to do for centuries. Keeping this in mind, MHLC looked more broadly to find where our service area fits in the context of this larger landscape. To help guide our work on this larger landscape context, MHLC joined the Staying Connected Initiative in 2018, an international collaboration which “seeks to conserve restore and enhance landscape connectivity across the Northern Appalachian/Acadian region of the US and Canada for the benefit of nature and people”.
As MHLC looks to the south, to the Catskills, and the north, to the Adirondacks, and works to create connections between these two larger conservation areas, our partnership with the Initiative to put our work on the larger map and within the context of their work is growing ever more important. By joining in partnership with the Staying Connected Initiative, we are creating collective impact across this vast region, connecting our conservation work to a larger goal and truly making a difference for the environment and the organisms that live there.
Collective Impact: Land Trust Alliance Member
MHLC is also a member of the Land Trust Alliance (LTA), a collective organization of land trusts across the nation, all dedicated to conserving special places. In the 2015 National Land Trust census, LTA reported that land trusts have conserved 56 million acres of land in the US, contributing to a significant collective impact for conservation and a healthier future for everyone.
MHLC Indigenous Acknowledgement
Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy’s intention is to preserve and act as stewards of the traditional lands of the Mohican people, now known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community located in Wisconsin, and the traditional lands of the Mohawk people. The nature of the Tenonanatche (Mohawk River) meaning a river flowing through a mountain and the Mahicannituck (Hudson River), meaning the river that flows both ways, and the resources they provide were important then, are important now and will always be important.
MHLC’s commitment to preserving these natural resources honors the legacy of the Mohican and Mohawk peoples as the stewards who nurtured this land since time immemorial. We honor and respect their historic and continuing dedication to taking care of the natural world and commit our efforts to making these lands a more inclusive and equitable environment for all.