Columbia Land Conservancy
Mission Statement
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.

Who We Are
The Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) is a member-supported, nonprofit 501(c)(3) land trust. The Conservancy is governed by a volunteer board of trustees and has a staff of nineteen. We work in partnership with landowners and communities in Columbia County, New York, to protect wildlife habitat, farmland, and rural open space, and to encourage balanced growth. We also offer free education and recreation programs to children and adults.

What We Do
At the request of landowners, CLC helps families and individuals protect their land, ensuring that their conservation vision will be upheld forever. Working with communities and conservation groups, CLC helps implement local conservation efforts, including fundraising, acquisition, site planning, and management of public conservation lands for habitat, recreation, and education.

The Conservancy encourages stewardship of protected lands. We have a responsibility to ensure that the goals of each conservation easement we hold are respected in perpetuity. In addition, we manage our public conservation areas to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the county’s rural landscapes and unique natural areas.

Serving as a community resource, CLC offers land planning, design, project implementation, and conservation assistance to landowners, municipalities, and other nonprofits to further their conservation goals.

CLC also provides free, hands-on, customized education programs for daycare centers, after-school and enrichment programs, home-school programs, youth groups, and the county’s public and private schools. In addition, we offer regular outdoor education and recreation opportunities for the general public.

Columbia Land Conservancy

Contact Columbia Land Conservancy

Contact Columbia Land Conservancy

Tony Colyer-Pendas
Director of Conservation Programs
49 Main Street
PO Box 299
Chatham, New York  12037-0299
Phone: (518) 392-5252
Fax: (518) 392-3099


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • New York