Thacher Park News

Check out this article about upcoming changes to Thacher State Park:

New Conservation Easement!

MHLC is excited to announce an new easement in Albany County!craven
The easement protects approximately 87 acres of picturesque land located beneath the Helderberg Escarpment.
In the making for 10 years, this project is a long-awaited accomplishment for MHLC, made possible with help from the Open Space Institute and the land owner, Margaret Snowden Craven. We are thrilled to see this long time dream become a reality and to conserve such an important piece of land.craven corn

Eat for the Environment TODAY!

Wondering where to eat dinner tonight?

Eat for the Environment at Creo!

Please support the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy by joining us TODAY, Tuesday November 18th, at Creo’ in Stuyvesant Plaza for a FABULOUS meal!

A percentage of the day’s proceeds will be donated to MHLC to help the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy save the open, natural spaces of the Capital Region.

For Reservations: 482-8000

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On the Road Again: the Traveling Mural

The Albany County, Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail Community Mural was recently moved to the next stop on its tour at the New Scotland Town Hall!

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This year’s Summer Solstice Celebration, an annual community event hosted by MHLC and its Friends of the Rail Trail (FORT) committee to celebrate the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer, also marked the beginning of the traveling rail trail mural. Artist, MHLC Board member, and FORT member Ellie Prakken painted a beautiful image of the Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail complete with walkers, bikers and furry friends. The mural was conceived as a community art project illustrating the community connections created by the rail trail. At the Summer Solstice Celebration on June 22, 2014 leaves and markers were provided and solstice attendees of all ages were invited to add their creative mark to the mural. Each leaf was secured, making the mural a one-of-a-kind community artwork. Following the Solstice, the mural began a year-long tour across the capital region.

Our story picks up in the Town of New Scotland.
Diane Deschenes, Town Clerk, leads us down a hallway at the Town Hall to the space where the mural will soon hang. Diane mentions that people often walk past this area, and the mural will bring some much needed life to the bare wall.closebox

Ellie and her husband, John Smolinsky, meet us with supplies in hand. Now halfway through its tour, Ellie and John have become experts at hanging and taking down the mural. Most recently, the artwork was displayed in the Voorheesville library for the months of September and October.hanging mural




Before long, the mural is stretched out on the wall, held by John and Lea Montalto-Rook, MHLC Development Director. After a few minor adjustments, Ellie gives the OK, and up it goes!








Without trouble, the mural is secured to the wall, and soon starts attracting the attention of passersby.


Ellie discusses the Rail Trail with Tom Dolin, New Scotland Town Supervisor, and Diane Deschenes, Town Clerk. Dolin and Deschenes were both excited to host the mural and happy to be supporting the Rail Trail.







 Ellie poses with the finished project. Many thanks Ellie and John!

The mural will remain at the New Scotland Town Hall through December 2014 before it travels on to its next stop, sure to brighten the days of all those who see it.


Visit the mural at the New Scotland Town Hall

2029 New Scotland Rd.
Slingerlands, NY

For hours and information about the town hall visit:

Getting excited for Summer Solstice 2015? We are too! Stay up to date:


In two weeks!

#GivingTuesday is two weeks away!
How are you going to celebrate and giveback?

Don’t forget to stop by our office with some canned goods on December 2nd for our food drive! We’re committed to creating a healthy community.



#Giving Tuesday

We all know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but did you know there’s now a designated day to give back?

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be taking part in Giving Tuesday this year!

Want to give back with us? Stop by our office on December 2nd and contribute a few canned goods to our food drive. Be sure to spread the word! #GivingTuesday


Volunteers Needed!


MHLC is looking for 3-4 volunteers for a morning of trail work at our Normanskill East Preserve.

When: Saturday, November 1st from 10am-noon.
What: Work will include clearing brush and minor digging.

If you or someone you know is interested in getting dirty and doing some heavy lifting, contact John Schlepp, stewardship coordinator, by October 29th at

We look forward to seeing you out on the trails!

Don’t miss the last fall hikes of the season!

The final two hikes of this season are this Monday, the 20th and Tuesday, the 21st. Join Hike Coordinator, Dodie Seagle, for a morning of outdoor adventure and fall colors! 

Hike Information:

A 113-acre preserve in New Baltimore, one of our most popular hikes, includes a lovely waterfall, scenic vistas, and the foundation of a paper mill. Also included will be a walk across a bridge that is made out of 68,000 recycled milk jugs, the only one of its kind in the country! Afterward those who wish may have lunch at Yanni’s Restaurant, which features fine food and views overlooking the Hudson River.

October 21 (Tuesday) OOMS POND
Come celebrate fall colors at this 180 acre property in Columbia County. The property is owned by the Open Space Institute and managed by the Columbia Land Conservancy. There are beautiful vistas along this level hike-something for everyone!

Hikers: Please call the MHLC office at 436-6346 or email to coordinate carpooling.
Please bring: water, lunch/snack, and waterproof boots.
All hikers will meet at the Delmar Municipal Lot at 125 Adams Street, Delmar. All hikes will start promptly at 10AM.

Dodie Seagle
MHLC Hike Coordinator

Fall Fundraiser Photos

 Wow! What a evening, it’s hard to believe A Walk in the Woods was already 5 days ago.

Wish it never ended? Unable to attend?
Check out our events page to re-live the magic!
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Thank you Interim HealthCare

Thank you to Interim Healthcare, for your generous support of MHLC and the Fall Fundraiser.

‘For  42 years, our customers have counted on Interim HealthCare to provide exceptional Skilled Home Care and Non-Medical senior Care services at home in the New York Capital Region, We have been providing professional care services in community since 1971 employing only the finest health care staff.  We value the trust our clients and their families have placed in us, and strive to keep it, everyday. We have a team of trusted and respected employees who have a reputation for excellence with a commitment to improving people’s lives.’


Shout out!

Shout out to Albany Medical Center! Thank you for all of your support of the 2014 Fall Faundraiser. Learn more about Albnany Med here:

Special thanks to the Department of Neurology. We are excited to be honoring Dr. Kevin Barron, former MHLC Board Member and doctor of Neurology at Albany Med, at this years event.

For more information about the Fall Fundraiser, visit our Events page.  >> Go

Fall Hiking Series

Fall Hikes Announced!
Dodie Seagle, MHLC Hike Coordinator has organized some great hikes for the next few months.

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July Newsletter

July 2014 Newsletter

Our latest edition of the MHLC Newsletter, View Points, is now available.

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Annual Spring Meeting

The 2014 Spring Award Meeting was a success!

The meeting was held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Treviso by Mallozzi, 257 Washington Ave Ext., in Albany, NY. The award ceremony included:


The Open Space Preservation Leadership Award recognizes outstanding contributions by a Conservancy volunteer — those individuals who have given outstanding time and energy to advance the mission of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy. Read More.

Watch the entire Awards Dinner Here: