mohawk hudson land conservancy

The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy and the Eldridge family of Rensselaerville closed on an agreed conservation easement last month.

The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy was founded 25 years ago on a cold winter evening by a small group of neighbors concerned about the loss of precious open space.

View of clouds over Albany from the Helderberg escarpment

The “blueprint” for conservation looks at the importance of linking parks and protected areas, as well as highlighting landmarks such as the Helderbergs, and the Albany Pine Bush.

The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy’s Summer Festival marked many milestones on Sunday, July 17.

ALTAMONT — On Saturday, Dave Muska of Ondatra Adventures, led 10 or so intrepid participants, including children and elders, on a treasure hunt of sorts through the newly opened Bozen Kill Preserve.

The preserve, located at the corner of Westfall and Bozenkill roads, has two walking trails and is open to the public from dawn till dusk.

From historic railroad beds to waterfalls and through farmlands, six hikes will showcase Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy preserves beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 20, during the organization’s first ever Summer Solstice Hike-a-thon. The event will precede the Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail Summer Solstice Festival.

Margaret Craven Snowden called conservation easements along the Helderberg escarpments “a miracle,” allowing her to fulfill her decade-long dream of preserving her land. 

The E.N. Huyck Preserve and the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy both received grants funded through the Environmental Protection Fund as part of the governor's Conservation Partnership Program for non-profit land trusts.

Conservation easements on the property will limit the town's primary use to a few dozen acres among nearly 360. Town officials hope the land will be a source of jobs for residents and revenue to the town.

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