COLUMBIA LAND CONSERVANCY INC

aka CLC   |   Chatham, NY   |  clctrust.org

Mission

CLC works with the community to conserve the farmland, forests, wildlife habitat and rural character of Columbia County, strengthening connections between people and the land.

Ruling year info

1987

President

Troy Weldy

Main address

49 Main Street

Chatham, NY 12037 USA

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EIN

22-2757332

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Farmland Preservation (K25)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CLC works to to inspire our community to more deeply connect with, care about, and protect the natural world.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Support for Agriculture

CLC operates the Farmland Access, Resources, and Matching program to assist farmers seeking land, keep farmland affordable, and support farmers. CLC partners with the Dutchess Land Conservancy on the Farmer-Landowner Match Program, which has connected more than 70 farmers seeking land with landowners.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Farmers

We work with property owners to protect their land with conservation easements, and assist property owners in caring for and managing the conservation qualities of their land. To date, we have permanently protected nearly 30,000 acres of land. Each year, we monitor half of these properties.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We encourage community-based conservation and land use planning by providing training programs and resources for municipal officials and volunteers and partnering on open space and trail projects throughout the county.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We own and manage ten Public Conservation Areas for recreation and wildlife habitat. These areas, 4,000 acres in all, are open free of charge for outdoor enjoyment and offer a diversity of experiences and ecosystems.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

We work to inspire a love of the land through offering outdoor educational events and work experience for youth interested in natural resources, and opportunities to connect to Columbia County through volunteering. We partner with schools and other nonprofits to deliver place-based educational programs at our Public Conservation Areas and throughout Columbia County.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission 2011

Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education & Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Acres of land leased, purchased, or put into easement

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Land Protection

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of dollars returned to farmers through purchase of development rights.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Support for Agriculture

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education & Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of acres of land protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Land Protection

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We identified four primary goals in our last Strategic Plan.

1) The land that is of the greatest ecological, agricultural, or scenic significance in Columbia County is preserved.
2) As much farmland in Columbia County as possible remains available for agriculture.
3) Land use planning and practices in the County promote and protect the rural character, respecting historic traditions and natural resources.
4) The people of Columbia County have a strong conservation ethic.

For Goal 1:
* Refine Strategic Conservation Plan.
* Acquire conservation interests in land.
* Facilitate protection of important land by partners.

For Goal 2:
* Expand farmer access to farmland.
* Expand CLC farmland protection activities.
* Increase outreach and advocacy for farming and farm protection.

For Goal 3:
* Provide training and resources to elected officials, municipal boards, committees, and residents.
* Provide technical assistance to communities and trail planners.

For Goal 4:
* Educate the public about the importance of conservation and land stewardship.
* Provide opportunities for the public to connect with the land and CLC.
* Manage public lands to balance public access and habitat protection.
* Cultivate and strengthen relationships with easement landowners through an excellent stewardship program.

We have 19 full-time staff whose work is aligned with an organizational workplan, rooted in our Strategic Plan. We are governed by a 13-member Board of Trustees.

For more than thirty years, the Columbia Land Conservancy has worked to inspire our community to more deeply connect with, respect, and protect the natural world. We work with partners and volunteers to improve the health of the land, ensure a thriving farm economy, create environmental education opportunities, provide access to outdoor experiences, and support municipal leaders in conservation-minded decision making.

While we have achieved a great deal of progress towards our mission, more remains to be done. As part of a recent conservation planning process, we have identified a host of ways to better integrate our work across departments and identified new strategies for achieving our mission, such as: increasing outreach to landowners, better interpreting our Public Conservation Areas, and increasing our efforts to cultivate the next generation of conservationists through long-term engagement with schools and community groups.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    * Those who make approximately 60,000 annual visits to Public Conservation Areas * Attendees to public and partner education programs * Farmers and landowners enrolled in the Farmer-Landowner Match Program

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    We don't actively use collected feedback,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We don’t share the feedback we collect,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We don’t use any of these practices,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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COLUMBIA LAND CONSERVANCY INC

Board of directors
as of 06/06/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mark Levy

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/6/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data