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Construction to begin at Ooms


Columbia Land Conservancy and Build Hudson to begin work replacing boardwalk this spring

The Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) is excited to announce that the construction is expected to begin on the boardwalk at Ooms in May.  

Plans for replacing the boardwalk have been reviewed by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and approved, ensuring the site’s sensitive wetland habitats and their inhabitants will be minimally disturbed during this process.

Construction of the new boardwalk is scheduled to begin in early May and expected to take eight to ten weeks. The boardwalk area will be closed during this time, but other trails will remain open. CLC thanks all site visitors for being patient during the construction season and treating the contractors with kindness.

CLC is contracting with Build Hudson, LLC to build the boardwalk. Build Hudson trains local young people in carpentry skills while engaging, mentoring, and employing young people. Apprentices are paid living wages and can eventually become partners and cooperative owners of the business.

“We are so excited to start the next phase of this project,” says Heidi Bock, Vice President of Conservation. “The new boardwalk is going to be beautiful, more accessible, better for the wetland, and provide more opportunities for enjoying the beauty of Sutherland Pond. Working with Build Hudson and employing local youth to build the new structure makes this a win-win!”

All are invited to join in a community celebration of the completed boardwalk June 22 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. as part of CLC’s new Let’s Get Out Together event series.

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Construction was supported with funding from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund. The NYSCPP is administered by the Land Trust Alliance, in coordination with the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

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