On Tuesday, March 8 at 5:30 pm at Treviso Restaurant in Albany, the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy (MHLC) will host a celebration of recent conservation successes with guest speaker, Philip Morris, CEO of Proctors.
The Conservancy welcomes everyone to attend the celebration and learn about MHLC’s Capital Region land conservation efforts over the past year and future plans for impactful conservation in the region. MHLC recently announced fourteen priority projects that could result in the permanent conservation of nearly 2,000 acres of natural lands in Albany, Schenectady and Montgomery counties over the next few months and an update will be provided on this undertaking.
States Mark King, Executive Director of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy,
“We have made significant progress on a number of high priority conservation projects and I look forward to sharing the latest updates. These projects will dramatically expand MHLC’s total number of acres protected and significantly impact the quality of life for all in our three-county community.” He continued, “Our initial efforts have already resulted in the successful completion of six new conservation projects in the last two months and we have three additional projects that should be completed soon.”
The event will include an awards ceremony to honor land conservation achievement by local individuals. MHLC will honor David Sampson, a distinguished environmental lawyer, with the Saving Special Places Award for significant contribution to land conservation in the Capital Region. The Conservancy will award the Open Space Preservation Leadership Award for giving outstanding time and energy to advance the mission of MHLC to Judy and Steve Thomson. Steve and Judy, retired New York State and UAlbany administrators and outdoor enthusiasts, have generously volunteered in all aspects of the Land Conservancy’s work.
The celebration on March 8 will conclude with a presentation by Proctors CEO, Philip Morris, who will deliver a talk “Of Mushrooms and Fungi.” Since joining Proctors in 2002, Mr. Morris has restored and enlarged the theater while revitalizing the Schenectady arts community and creating an in-house power plant that recycles waste heat, allowing Proctors and its downtown neighbors to drastically reduce both their bills and carbon footprint. The Conservancy anticipates an engaging talk that will illuminate the connection between land conservation and the arts.
For additional information or to reserve your ticket, please contact the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy at 518-436-6346 or visit mohawkhudson.org/annualmeeting.