Battenkill Conservancyupdated: October 2009

The Battenkill Conservancy, is a private, not-for-profit conservation and educational organization incorporated under the laws of the State of New York. The organization is also a public charity as described in Sections 501c(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Washington County residents founded the Conservancy in 1990, and now it has national and international members and friends.

Theyhave recently helped to form a coalition of regional organizations which includes such groups as; Trout Unlimited, Agricultural Stewardship Association, Land Trust Alliance, Hudson Basin River Watch, Adirondack Mountain Club, and Capital District Fly Fishers, to safeguard the Battenkill watershed. In combining our efforts, we collectively act to preserve this fragile resource.

Their goal is to support a sustainable fishery, biodiversity, outdoor education and multi-use recreation by protecting and restoring aquatic and terrestrial habitats.

In facing the challenge ahead, the Conservancy recently completed a multi-year planning process which identified two key outcomes.

The first is continued protection for land along the river corridor and its tributaries, including restoration of degraded aquatic and riparian habitats.
The second objective is to increase ecological awareness among the user groups so that we proactively safeguard the river against uninformed overuse.
By working with the coalition, schools, colleges, local governments and the general public, the Conservancy hopes to build environmental literacy and instill an appreciation for the watershed that includes respect for the riverine ecosystem, shared responsibility for its well-being, and the experience of a special sense of place.


Contact Battenkill Conservancy

J. Kelly Nolan
15 W Main St
PO Box 327
Cambridge, New York  12816-0327
Phone: (518) 677-2545
Fax: (518) 677-2545


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • New York

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