The Living Land Project is a multi-year initiative of the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program in collaboration with Hudsonia and the Columbia Land Conservancy.
The goal of the Project was to help us better understand the ecological and cultural landscape of the County through the detailed ecological description of diverse habitats in all regions of the County, together with the exploration of how people are perceiving and interacting with these habitats.
This research forms the basis of our upcoming publication titled "From the Hudson to the Taconics: An Ecological and Cultural Field Guide to the Habitats of Columbia County" which can serve as a tool for local exploration.
Over the years, we shared the findings from this Project through a variety of workshops, articles, exhibits, web experiences, presentations, conversations, and other outreach. Real-time glimpses of the plants, creatures, and habitats we explored were documented on our Facebook page and you can visit our Living Land Updates to see photos and descriptions of our more interesting finds.