Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT
Add to Calendar 


University Club of Albany 
141 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210

Driving Directions 


Ellen Dragonette 
University Club of Albany Foundation 

CDRPC@50 - Mark King, MHLC - 7/20 

The 2nd CDRPC@50 speaker series will feature Mark King, Executive Director of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy (MHLC), celebrating 25 years of land conservation in Albany, Schenectady and Montgomery counties. Learn about their preserves, farmland protection, climate change and resiliency efforts, and the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail.  Ask about CE credit!

Capital District Regional Planning Commission Continues 
Speaker Series at University Club to Mark Anniversary 

Mark King, Executive Director of Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, discusses 25 years of land conservation in the Capital Region, Thursday 7/20

ALBANY, NY – June 12, 2017 – 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.

The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy 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.

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 with the links on this page, at www.universityclubalbany.com or by contacting Donna Reinhart at 518-453-0850 or donna@cdrpc.org.

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 our founding, we 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.



The Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC), a regional planning and resource center, is in its 50th year of providing support to New York’s Capital Region. The CDRPC provides objective analysis of data, trends, opportunities, and challenges relevant to the Region’s economic development and planning communities. Since its creation, the Commission has been promoting intergovernmental cooperation; communicating, collaborating, and facilitating regional initiatives; and fostering dialogues on solutions to regional problems. The CDRPC was established by an agreement signed by representatives of Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga and Schenectady Counties in 1967, and these counties continue their commitment to the organization by providing financial support for its programs and services to this day. This funding forms the basis for CDRPC’s operating budget, and is further used to leverage funding from grants and other revenue sources to serve the best interests of the public and private sectors in the Region. For further information about CDRPC please visit www.cdrpc.org or https://www.facebook.com/cdrpc.


The 501c3 University Club Foundation which was formed in 2009 to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the University Club building and property, its neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901. For more information call 463-1151 or visit www.universityclubalbany.com.