Putting Local Conservation into Regional Context: From the Catskills to the Adirondacks and Beyond

The Fisher Boulevard forests provide a buffer for wildlife in a suburban environment.

This summer, MHLC is in the midst of a campaign to save the 35-acre Fisher Boulevard property located adjacent to Five Rivers in the Town of New Scotland and the Town of Bethlehem. This parcel is one of the last open spaces in this suburban area. Parcels like the Fisher Boulevard property provide important buffers for local wildlife to live, nest, and hunt. Additionally, these open spaces provide ecological benefits to people who live in our area. Trees and grasses filter the air, removing pollutants and providing us with oxygen to breathe. These plants remove carbon from the atmosphere, reducing greenhouse gases and combating global warming. Studies have also shown that the mere presence of green space can improve human health, reducing stress and providing us with a health-giving sense of calm and connection.

The Fisher Boulevard property is ecologically important on an even larger scale. The fields and forests of this parcel provide a resting place for migratory birds as they travel to their annual nesting grounds to the north. Migrating mammals, such as porcupine, beaver, and black bear, disperse as yearlings to find new partners and begin a new generation of their species. Undeveloped land gives these migrating animals space to travel as they look for new mates. As climate change takes place and we see species shifting their habitat ranges further north, conserved lands like the Fisher Boulevard property provide space for these shifts to occur and provide species with new homes as they adapt to changes in climate.

The protection of these 35 acres is part of a bigger movement to connect open spaces across the Northeastern US and Canada.

As you’ve likely noticed, the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy has been growing. Our community of supporters and volunteers is growing, we have more staff members, and we’re taking on more projects and land protection opportunities than ever before. As we grow, we’re taking some of these larger ideas- like connectivity and climate change- into consideration. We’re putting our local conservation work into a larger context.

To help guide our work on this larger landscape context, MHLC has joined the Staying Connected Initiative, 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 we look south to the Catskills and north to the Adirondacks, we work to create connections between these two larger conservation areas. Our partnership with the Staying Connected Initiative literally puts our work on a larger map. 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.

You can read more about the Staying Connected Initiative on their website. You can read more about how MHLC’s conservation work combats climate change at our Conservation and Climate Change page.

 

 

 

Sarah Walsh
Conservation Director
Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy

 

Map provided by the Staying Connected Initiative.

 

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