The Columbia Land Conservancy is a dynamic force that supports and sustains a strong and vibrant rural community, where agriculture plays a central role in the economy.

Grantee Profile

The Columbia Land Conservancy works with the community to conserve the farmland, forests, wildlife habitat, and rural character of Columbia County, strengthening connections between people and the land.  It serves as a dynamic force in supporting and sustaining a strong and vibrant rural community, where agriculture plays a central role in the economy, where development respects historic traditions and natural resources, and where there are accessible open spaces and abundant, healthy natural lands and wildlife habitats.

Since inception, CLC has permanently protected 29,500 acres of land.  It holds conservation easements and performs annual monitoring on 25% of all privately conserved land in the Hudson Valley and 60% in the Capital Region.  CLC has established 5,750 acres of public land and developed plans for ongoing management of ten Public Conservation Areas.  It has secured over $12 million to ensure the protection of over 7,000 acres of working farmland.  CLC has also created an agricultural program that promotes working farms and provides logistical support, including a successful Farmer Landowner Match program with 54 farms on over 1,800 acres of land as of September 2015.  More broadly, CLC assists with open space and trail development, conservation planning, and agriculture issues throughout the County, including workshops and conferences, coordinating funding initiatives, and fostering partnerships among towns, county government, and allied conservation organizations.

About Our Grants

In 2016, the Woodcock Foundation supported the Columbia Land Conservancy with a $50,000 grant to increase its staff capacity to support programs on farmland conservation and access in the Hudson Valley.  These programs include direct efforts to facilitate land protection, its farmer-landowner match program, and advisory efforts to support novice farmers, landowners, and other organizations interested in replicating the successful work of CLC.