CDRPC@50: 25 Years of Land Conservation in the Capital Region


The second in the Capital District Regional Planning Commission’s (CDRPC) speaker series, CDRPC@50, will feature Mark King, Executive Director of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy (MHLC). A luncheon presentation will be held on Thursday, July 20 at the National Register-listed University Club at 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street.

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The MHLC is celebrating 25 years of working to preserve lands in Albany, Schenectady and Montgomery counties. King will provide an overview of the many activities of the Conservancy including their preserves, farmland protection, climate change and resiliency efforts, and the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail.

Mark King, Executive Director, MHLC

The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. The cost for the luncheon is $20. Reservations for the July 20 luncheon are required by Wednesday, July 19 and may be made online by registering here or by contacting Donna Reinhart at 518-453-0850 or

Founded in 1992, MHLC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the distinct natural, scenic, agricultural and cultural landscapes of the Mohawk and Hudson River valleys- for all to enjoy. Since their founding, they have protected more than 5,000 acres of land in Albany, Schenectady and Montgomery counties, including more than 2000 acres open to the public for hiking, cross-country skiing, and other educational and recreational opportunities.

MHLC provides important benefits to those who live in the region, including scenic views, plant and animal diversity, clean air and water, and the chance to explore and learn about the natural features which make our region so special.

Mark joined the Conservancy as Executive Director in 2013, but his history of involvement with the organization goes back much further. As one of the organization’s founding board members in 1992, he has had a hand in many of the organization’s conservation successes. Mark’s early work with the Land Conservancy led to a 17-year career with The Nature Conservancy as Director of Land Protection for the Eastern New York Chapter. Before working for The Nature Conservancy he was a Senior Natural Resource Planner with Albany County. Mark began his career working for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation helping with the State’s Bald Eagle reintroduction program. A life-long resident of the Capital District, Mark is passionate about sharing an appreciation for the natural beauty of the area by helping to conserve our open spaces.

This event is open to the public and presented by the Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) and the University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc. One need not be a member of either organization to attend. If your municipality has passed a resolution accepting CDRPC as a training provider, this event will meet the State law for Planning and Zoning Boards continuing education requirements (sample resolutions available upon request). A certificate of attendance will be provided to Planning and Zoning Board attendees. Certification Maintenance credits may also be available for members of the American Institute of Certified Planners.