Troy Weldy: President

Chatham, NY – Long-time conservation and land management leader Troy Weldy has been hired as President of the Columbia Land Conservancy, an organization that works with the community to conserve the farmland, wildlife habitat and rural character of Columbia County, NY.

For over 20 years, Weldy has held leadership roles with The Nature Conservancy at the State and North American levels, working closely with government agencies and partners. Most recently, as Director of Lands at The Nature Conservancy of New York, Weldy has been responsible for the organization’s conservation strategies, natural climate solutions, and land management, stewardship, and protection activities. In previous roles at The Nature Conservancy, Weldy served as North American Director, guided the Eastern New York Chapter’s reorganization, and led the business development of a new forest carbon program.

Weldy’s extensive involvement in the conservation community has also included serving on the boards of the New York Flora Association and the Invasive Plant Council of New York State and authoring numerous technical reports, journal articles, and other publications.

The Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) 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. Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, CLC provides outdoor and educational activities at its 10 Public Conservation Areas, supports agriculture by ensuring prime farmland continues to be available to the next generation of farmers, and promotes land protection and smart land use planning.