Looking forward from our Silver Anniversary: 2017 MHLC Staff Retreat

2017 continues to be an exciting year of change and growth at the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy!

In our 25th year of conservation, we are opening two new preserves to the public. We have welcomed thousands of guests to our public events, including the sold-out annual dinner at the Corning Tower, the wildly-successful Celebration of Music and Nature with the Albany Symphony in Rensselaerville, and the 3rd annual Summer Hike-a-thon, which featured free hikes and guided outings across the Capital Region. Our conservation team has grown with the addition of two full-time staff members: Conservation Director Sarah Walsh and Stewardship and Volunteer Coordinator Sawyer Cresap. Our Capital Region Nature Passport has welcomed more community members into our public preserves, inviting them to engage with the natural world. And we have continued to partner with local landowners, municipalities, businesses, and organizations to conserve more acreage in Albany, Montgomery, and Schenectady counties.

This week, our staff of six met to reflect upon the past, present, and future of the Conservancy. We asked ourselves: where do we want to be in the next 5 years? The next 25 years?

Challenging each other to think big, we brainstormed the many ways in which the Conservancy can continue to grow and evolve. How can we best identify and conserve ecologically and economically important landscapes? How can we improve our services to the residents and visitors of the Capital District? Which local habitats must be prioritized in our conservation plan? How will climate change, changing policies, and new technologies affect our conservation strategy?

The retreat left us feeling inspired and invigorated. We’re excited to develop our ideas for growth and resilience as the Capital Region’s land trust, and to share our plans with you.

Learn more about your local land trust: meet the MHLC staff at our annual Fall Fundraiser on September 14th at the brand-new Thacher Park Visitor Center!

We invite you to join us in 2017 and for the next 25 years of conservation. There’s room for everyone within the MHLC community, and there are several ways to join:

  • Come to an event
  • Visit a preserve
  • Volunteer in our preserves, at an event, or at the office
  • Follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter (Be sure to tag Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy in your posts and photos!)
  • Donate. Our conservation work is only possible through the support of our dedicated community members.


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