In the United States, more than 5,000 acres of land are lost to development every day.** In the Capital Region, thousands of acres are threatened right now.
Today, after a long period of reduced activity resulting from the recent economic slump, the pace of development in our region is picking up dramatically. While this helps create jobs and economic activity, we need to avoid the familiar pattern of sprawl from poorly planned development leading to the loss of cherished natural areas. People across the region are calling us, alarmed by the sudden conversion of fields and woodlands to residential and commercial expansion. In many locations across the Capital Region development marches on through farm fields and forests rather than smart growth through infill or redevelopment of previously disturbed areas.
MHLC has fourteen priority projects under way that could result in the permanent conservation of nearly 2,000 acres of natural lands
The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy is your local land resource. MHLC preserves land while providing places to walk, explore, recreate and reflect. Over our 23 year history, the Conservancy has preserved almost 3,700 acres in Albany, Schenectady and Montgomery counties. More than 1,300 acres are open to the public for hiking, cross-country skiing and an array of educational and recreational opportunities.
We are excited to announce that today, MHLC has fourteen priority projects under way that could result in the permanent conservation of nearly 2,000 acres of natural lands in our three counties over the coming months. These landscapes represent a broad swath of properties resulting from our efforts to preserve:
• working farmlands (Montgomery and Albany counties),
• wildlife habitat and stunning vistas (throughout the counties we serve),
• a site for the possible relocation of the historic Hilton Barn (New Scotland),
• and some of the last remaining open spaces in the highly developed areas of our region (Pine Bush and the Mohawk River Corridor).
To complete these historic projects, we must raise $245,000. This is an extraordinary opportunity– to have so many projects coalescing at once after years of preparation and negotiation—and now the funding must come together too! We need your assistance today more than ever– we cannot accomplish great things without you. Your generous donation today will help MHLC act quickly and decisively to save these vital open spaces forever!
Montgomery County Farmland
Much of New York’s Capital Region landscape is farmland, which is also some of the most threatened farmland in America. More than 4,000 farms in New York have been lost to real estate development since the 1980s, a significant loss for our economy as well as a loss of fresh, local food.
MHLC has a great new opportunity to protect almost 500 acres of family farmland in Montgomery County. The project includes nearly a mile of Schoharie Creek frontage and high quality agricultural lands.
Town of Colonie Open Space
“There are still significant blocks of undeveloped land in the Town, especially at the western and northern edges including the Pine Bush and the Mohawk River Corridor. It is now a critical time for the community to decide whether and how to conserve some of these remaining lands for this and future generations.” (Town of Colonie Comprehensive Plan page 12)
We are poised to protect nearly 70 acres of open space in the middle of one of the Town of Colonie’s highly developed neighborhoods. The property is located along the Mohawk River, a protection priority for MHLC and very scenic area. We also hope to add several properties to the Albany Pine Bush Preserve in the Town of Colonie – MHLC’s first projects focused on expanding the protection of this globally rare and locally important ecosystem.
Bozen Kill Ravine
With the newly opened Bozen Kill Preserve just outside of Altamont, the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy is protecting almost 3 miles of Bozen Kill shoreline. Flowing from the Helderberg Escarpment, the Bozen Kill originates from wetlands in Schenectady County and eventually enters the Watervliet Reservoir, the primary drinking water source for Watervliet and much of the Town of Guilderland. MHLC has long considered the Bozen Kill a protection priority and there are more opportunities to protect this scenic natural area. Today we plan to expand the Bozen Kill Preserve with three acquisitions that will add an additional mile of shoreline along the Bozen Kill stream.
Helderberg Conservation Corridor
A new conservation easement, to be completed by year end, will expand the conservation area between Indian Ladder Farms and Thacher State Park. Additional easements underway will preserve scenic vistas and farmland in Rensselaerville as we continue to build a corridor of preserved lands stretching from the foothills of the Catskills across the Helderberg Escarpment.
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MHLC Conservation Opportunites