Let Us Introduce Ourselves: Mohawk-Hudson Land Conservancy

By Mark King

The Mohawk Hud­son Land Con­ser­van­cy (MHLC) is pleased to be work­ing with the Lan­dis Arbore­tum. We share many sim­i­lar goals includ­ing a pas­sion for the beau­ti­ful nat­ur­al areas through­out the Cap­i­tal Region. By shar­ing newslet­ter arti­cles we hope to bring about a great aware­ness of the work of both orga­ni­za­tions. But in case you don’t already know us, here is a bit of back­ground on MHLC.

We are your local land trust, work­ing to improve the qual­i­ty of life for all res­i­dents of the Cap­i­tal Region by con­serv­ing the nat­ur­al, scenic, agri­cul­tur­al and cul­tur­al land­scapes of the Mohawk and Hud­son Riv­er val­leys — for all to enjoy. Since our found­ing in 1992, we have pro­tect­ed more than 3,600 acres of land in Albany, Sch­enec­tady and Mont­gomery coun­ties, includ­ing over 1,700 acres open to the pub­lic for hik­ing, cross-coun­try ski­ing and oth­er edu­ca­tion­al and recre­ation­al opportunities.

We accom­plish our mis­sion by acquir­ing and man­ag­ing land of sig­nif­i­cant eco­log­i­cal or scenic val­ue — much of it on the rur­al-urban inter­face where devel­op­ment threat­ens our nat­ur­al spaces. We also hold vol­un­tary land preser­va­tion agree­ments — called con­ser­va­tion ease­ments — that allow pri­vate landown­ers to pro­tect nat­ur­al areas from devel­op­ment with­out sell­ing their land.

By pro­tect­ing key parcels of farm­land and open space, MHLC pro­vides impor­tant ben­e­fits to those who live in the region, includ­ing scenic views, plant and ani­mal diver­si­ty, clean air and water, and the chance to explore and learn about the nat­ur­al fea­tures that make our region so special.

MHLC hosts events, hikes, work days, and oth­er com­mu­ni­ty out­ings through­out the year. Check our web­site (www​.mohawkhud​son​.org) reg­u­lar­ly for dates and oth­er excit­ing information.

Fall 2015

Volume 33 , Number 4

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