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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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Resources Fall 2002 Columbia Land Conservancy Offers New Walk Book CONSERVANCY NEWS Arevised, expanded edition of the 1995 book Walks by Protected Land is now available at the Columbia Land Conservancy and local bookstores. Written by Conservancy Trustee Sheldon Evans, the book pays tribute to those who have protected their land with conservation easements. The twenty walks range from the hills of New Lebanon to the farmlands of Gallatin, with the majority of walks on roads passing by privately protected land. “This new edition conveys my passion for the rural landscapes of Columbia County,” remarked Mr. Evans. “Without the vision of all of our easement donors, Columbia County would be a different place.” The unique guide features walks that lead to some of the county’s most spectacular vistas, wildlife habitats, and agricultural landscapes. Primarily confined to rural roads, these are mainly walks, not hikes, enabling people of varying abilities the opportunity to enjoy. The guide provides descriptive information, clear directions, and details about mileage and parking. The earlier version of the book, a local favorite, has been out of print for two years. CLC extends its gratitude to the several CLC members who provided financial support and to an anonymous donor who contributed $5,000 toward the new publication. Their support was critical to CLC’s ability to publish this guide once again. To purchase copies of Walks by Protected Land, contact your local bookstore or Emily Warrington at the Conservancy office at (518) 392-5252 ext. 203 or email at emily@clctrust.org. Copies are available for $9.95, plus tax, shipping and handling. Proceeds from the book will support the Conservancy’s programs to protect working farmland, wildlife habitat, and rural open space in Columbia County. ❧ 14 Additional Books to Help With the Future of Your Land Adequate planning for the future of your land is essential. It ensures that your wishes are addressed and provides a solid financial foundation for the next generation of ownership. If you are planning for the future of your land and have questions or concerns, the Conservancy has several resources that can guide you with estate planning and land transfer. Your Land is Your Legacy. Written by Jerry Cosgrove of American Farmland Trust, and updated in 2002, this book offers guidance for the estate planning process; specifically targeted for farmers. ($13.95 plus tax.) Preserving Family Lands: Book I. The updated version of this book by Attorney Stephen Small offers essential tax strategies for landowners, including case studies incorporating the new tax laws. ($14.95 plus tax.) Farmland Transfer and Protection in New England: A Guide for Entering and Existing Farmers. Though focused primarily on New England, this book has a lot to offer landowners in New York State. Written by Kathy Ruhf of the New England Small Farm Institute. ($12.00 plus tax.) To place an order, call Emily Warrington at the Conservancy office at (518) 392-5252 ext. 203 or email at emily@clctrust.org. All prices are in addition to a $3.00 shipping and handling charge. ❧

CONSERVANCY NEWS Fall 2002 Second Edition of Landowner Bulletin Now Available CLC’s Farm and Forest Landowner Bulletin, the first-of-its-kind publication on conservation, management, and tax incentive programs in New York State, has been revised for 2002. The bulletin is a resource guide that enables landowners to identify programs of interest, and includes contact information for further details. The 2002 bulletin contains information on a number of new programs created by the new federal Farm Bill. This includes the Conservation Security and Forestland Enhancement programs. The creation of the first bulletin, produced in 2001, resulted from conversations with farmers and other rural landowners who expressed a desire for one document that contained an overview of all available programs. Widely popular, available copies quickly ran out. With funding provided by Jonathan Schor, Allan and Marilyn Glick, The Educational Foundation of America, and CLC members and supporters, this year, the revised edition ensures that the most up-to-date information on conservation and tax incentive programs is available to rural landowners. All CLC members, town planning board officials, supervisors, and farm operators were mailed a copy. To obtain a free copy of the bulletin, please contact Emily Warrington at the Conservancy office at (518) 392-5252 ext. 203 or email at emily@clctrust.org. CLC would like to thank everyone who reviewed the Bulletin as part of its update. ❧ Action Guide Presents Farmland Protection Strategies For further information on farmland protection in New York State, the Columbia Land Conservancy is offering Action Guide: Agricultural and Farmland Protection for New York. Written by Jerry Cosgrove, Kirsten Ferguson, and Teri Ptacek of American Farmland Trust, this handbook presents a variety of programs and techniques to protect New York’s valuable agricultural land. For copies of the book, please call Emily Warrington at the CLC office at (518) 392-5252 ext. 203 or email at emily@clctrust.org. Copies are $8.00 which includes shipping and handling. ❧ Resources CLC Receives Excellence in Business Award for Its Commitment to Agriculture During a June reception at the newly renovated Hudson River Waterfront Park, Columbia Land Conservancy proudly accepted a Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business award. The award, in the category of Commitment to Agriculture, recognized the Conservancy’s efforts in agricultural protection and, in particular, the creation of the Farm and Forest Landowner Bulletin. The Conservancy wishes to thank those who nominated CLC for the award and the Chamber for recognizing the importance of the bulletin. ❧ 15

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