About this Tour
The Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) welcomes you to Borden’s Pond in Chatham, NY.
This walking tour takes you along 1.5 miles of trails through the 62-acre conservation preserve. It is a mix of deciduous forest, seasonal wetlands, and old stream beds.
Borden Pond is named for the pond created by Borden’s Milk Company in the early twentieth century. In 1997, a group of citizens united to form Borden’s Park Preserve to protect the land. Through community fundraising and two major grants, the land was purchased and protected in 1998. In 2005, Borden’s Park Preserve transferred the property to the local land trust.
On the tour you will learn about the agricultural history of the property. How it was transformed from working fields into the nature preserve it is today. The stories associated with Borden Pond are the stories of this region’s history.
You will learn about the Hudson Valley ice harvesting industry, its effects on the land, and the ecology of the Berkshires and Green Mountains.
As you hike along the route, you will hear about the ecology you are passing through such as what birds to look for and the paths of the migratory monarch butterflies.
This tour is presented by the nonprofit land trust, The Columbia Land Conservancy
(CLC). The CLC works to conserve the farmland, forests, wildlife habitat, and rural character of Chatham and Columbia County, New York. They strive to strengthen the connections between people and the land.
Since its founding in 1986, the Columbia Land Conservancy has collaborated with partners to preserve the County’s vibrant rural character. It has conserved more than 30,000 acres of farmland, forests, and wildlife habitat to ensure clean air and water, healthy ecosystems, a strong agricultural sector, and a rich variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.
CLC cultivates connection to the land by providing outdoor and educational activities
at 10 Public Conservation Areas
, supporting agriculture by ensuring prime farmland continues to be available to the next generation of farmers, and promoting land protection and smart land use planning.
Find More Tours Near You
If you enjoy this tour, check out all ten audio tours presented by The Columbia Land Conservancy: Overmountain Fox Hill
, High Falls
, Overmountain Gazebo
, Siegel-Kline Kill
, Drowned Lands Swamp
, and Hand Hollow
In addition, you can find other tours in New York State or wherever your travels may take you at TravelStorys.com
. Every place has a story.