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New Lebanon land conserved

Nov 30, 2011 12:04 am
[caption id="attachment_15536" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Photo from Columbia Land Conservancy."][/caption]The Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) reports that 54 acres in New Lebanon are getting a conservation easement, part of a “Neighborhood Conservation Block” adjacent to seven other privately-owned protected lands of over 1,000 acres. The property was donated to CLC by Hiroshi Matsuzaki and Susan Goldberg, as part of CLC’s Tradeland Program, and is now being purchased from CLC by Doug and Judy Upton, who live adjacent to the land. "My wife and I wanted to add more lands to our existing property,” says Doug Upton, Jr. “This was a great opportunity to work with the Columbia Land Conservancy to accomplish our goals and preserve the astonishing natural beauty of this property, forever.” The New Lebanon property includes vernal pools, areas that are covered by water for parts of the year, and seasonal streams that eventually flow into the Shaker Swamp, a 495-acre New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) designated Class 1 wetland system, the DEC’s highest level of protection. Columbia Land Conservancy now holds easements on 21,350 acres. Find out more about their Land Protection program at http://clctrust.org/land-protection/.