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02-174-CLC News Fall 2002 - Columbia Land Conservancy

02-174-CLC News Fall 2002 - Columbia Land Conservancy

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Educational Events and Programs Fall 2002 CLC Shad Bake Most Successful Ever— Raises $43,000 for Local Land Conservation CONSERVANCY NEWS Supporters of local land protection turned out in full force for the Columbia Land Conservancy’s 12th annual Shad Bake and Country Barbecue. The event attracted its largest crowd ever, with more than 600 guests of all ages attending. Together, they raised $43,000 to protect Columbia County’s farmland, wildlife habitat, and rural open space, and support environmental educational programs through the work of the Conservancy. With development pressure reaching new heights, the revenues from the Shad Bake will help CLC continue to fill a critical need for land protection services in the county. Event Showcases Protected Land Carts and tractor-pulled wagons transported guests to the event site at the Clum and Patchen Farm in Livingston. The scenic 417-acre working farm was protected in 1992 with a conservation easement by David Rockefeller and the late Margaret McG. Rockefeller. “We deeply appreciate Mr. Rockefeller’s hospitality by welcoming us once again to this beautiful farmland,” stated Conservancy Executive Director Judy Anderson. “There is no better way to show what our work is all about.” Mr. Rockefeller, and his late wife Peggy, have been long-time leaders in conservation, protecting over 2,000 acres of land in Columbia County. Once again, the Conservancy was honored to hold its Shad Bake and Country Barbecue on the 417-acre Clum and Patchen Farm in Livingston, owned by David Rockefeller. Peter Donahoe 12 Silent Auction Vital to Shad Bake’s Success Numerous bidders vied for 92 goods and services donated by Conservancy supporters in the popular silent auction. Co-chaired by Trustee Sheldon Evans and Conservancy Membership/Outreach Assistant Joyce Carroll, the auction netted $22,000—more than 52% of the event’s net proceeds. There was spirited bidding for a framed Scherenschnitte by Harlemville artist Pamela Dalton. Ms. Dalton created, and donated, the original artwork depicting a woodland animal scene for the Conservancy’s shad bake invitation. When the close of the auction was called, Conservancy chairman Michael Polemis emerged as winning bidder. In recognition of the Conservancy’s 100th conservation easement and outstanding success over the past 16 years, Mr. Polemis donated the piece to the organization, to the delight of the staff and board. It now graces a wall in the Conservancy’s office. ❧ Peter Donahoe

Peter Donahoe CONSERVANCY NEWS Fall 2002 Volunteers and supporters critical to event’s success “The generous assistance of our fifty dedicated and hardworking volunteers made this event possible,” stated event Co-chair and Conservancy Trustee Jonathan Schor. “Over 100 businesses, organizations, and individuals contributed goods, services, or underwriting support—this was a real team effort that will help us protect hundreds of acres of land.” (See page 16 for complete listing.) “It’s great to see everyone pull together—donors, educators, local organizations and craftspeople, volunteers, and members of the community—for such a worthy cause. Guests dined on shad fillets grilled by local fisherman Everett Nack (right) and friends, as well as shad roe and a wide variety of salads and barbeque fare prepared by Carlucci Catering. Micro-brew connoisseurs sampled ales donated by Davidson Brothers Brewery of Glens Falls. Country music by Thunder Ridge inspired guests to get up and dance. Without this enormous show of support, we would not have been able to raise a record $43,000 toward the Conservancy’s conservation programs,” added Kristina Kwacz, event Co-chair and Conservancy Membership and Administrative Manager. The Conservancy board and staff would like to thank all those who took part in this annual event, ensuring that the rural landscapes of Columbia County will be enjoyed by generations to come. ❧ The Shad Bake offered something for everyone—great food, hands-on activities, music and dancing, and a chance to simply relax. This youngster found a perfect seat in the wheel-well of a John Deere tractor, displayed by CLC’s Platinum Sponsor Davis Tractor and Turf. Peter Donahoe Educational Events and Programs Environmental Education Activities Engage All Ages Dozens of guests took part in a range of hands-on environmental education activities focused on the value of wetlands. Participants enjoyed a close up look at several common wetland creatures, including snapping turtles, box turtles, and hognose snakes, showcased by naturalists from The Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York and The Junior Museum. During Amphibian Concentration, NYS DEC Educator Nancy Payne taught children about the diverse adaptations of wetland wildlife. Various “croaks” echoed through the crowd as children mimicked frog sounds heard via tape recordings. Award winning author, artist, and turtle expert David Carroll displayed his wetland-themed artwork and shared his expertise on protecting wetland ecosystems. Likewise, Conservancy Environmental Educator Fran Martino Little ones learned to cast a line at the popular Fishing for Beginners program. provided examples of how homeowners and communities can get involved in preventing two common causes of wetland and stream deterioration—erosion and sedimentation. And just for the fun of it, anglers of all ages learned to cast a line at the popular Fishing for Beginners program, led by Tony Margarucci and Dave Wheeler. Many thanks to our educational team! ❧ Peter Donahoe 13

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