Ask the Conservation Director: How can I protect land if I don’t have land to donate?

Q: How can I protect land if I don’t have land to donate?

A: There are so many ways in which you can join MHLC and protect the lands of the Capital Region. For many people, donating land or creating a conservation easement are not possible; however, we can work together to save land and support the Conservancy.

Here are just a few examples of how you can take action today to protect land:

The Ashford Glen Preserve is an example of community members collaborating to protect land.

1) Collaborate. If you know of a property for sale that should be conserved, consider working with your neighbors to purchase and protect it. MHLC’s Ashford Glen Preserve, located in Colonie, is an 11.5 acre gem of preserved space which is nestled between several large housing developments. When subdivisions to this property were proposed which would transform this glen into another housing development, community members worked together to save the property. A group of dedicated neighbors, led by Lois and Don Porter, decided that the best way to prevent the subdivision and development of this glen was to buy the property. They worked together to pool their funds and purchased the property, which was later gifted to Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy for permanent conservation and stewardship and opened to the public as the Ashford Glen Preserve.

Dr. Fox at the Grand Opening of the Fox Preserve.

2) Connect. Another way to conserve land is to tell friends, family, and neighbors about MHLC. If you know community members who are interested in conserving land, help them take the first step towards permanently protecting their land by putting them in touch with MHLC. For so many people, conservation is an end goal without a clear first step. For example, our recently-opened Fox Preserve was protected because Kim Baker, MHLC board member and Colonie resident, connected her friend, Dr. Patricia Fox, with MHLC. Dr. Fox had purchased 70 acres over thirty years ago with the dream of protecting it forever; through Kim’s introduction, Dr. Fox was able to make this dream a reality with MHLC.

Our conservation work is only possible through a partnership between MHLC staff and community members like you! If you know of special places which need protection, or people who are interested in protecting their property, please put them in touch with MHLC and help us conserve the natural resources of our region for future generations.

3) Contribute. You can also support conservation in the Capital Region by volunteering with MHLC or by making a donation. Our members and make our work possible, and your support helps us act decisively to save the beautiful natural areas of Albany, Montgomery, and Schenectady Counties.


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