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LGLC News for December 2022

Happy Holidays and Wishes for a Fantastic New Year!

You've helped to make this a pretty amazing year for the LGLC - thank you!

We completed the Clark Hollow Bay acquisition in August with a record level of support, and recently protected two properties in Bolton with 3,745 feet of Indian Brook and small streams, all feeding into Lake George. Together with volunteers and partners, our steward has taken care of nearly 6,000 acres of protected lands and 40 miles of trails around Lake George.

We welcomed Executive Director Mike Horn in January and Fundraising and Events Manager Giulia Casella in March. We celebrated the 10th annual Hike-A-Thon in July, 6th annual Amy's Race in October, and hosted 50 events and programs throughout the year, attended by more than 1,730 people. Nearly 200 volunteers dedicated 2,000+ hours to education, stewardship, and LGLC events. More than 1,350 individuals, families, and businesses donated financially and in-kind to support LGLC's mission, including those who responded to our second Smith Challenge for the Future of Lake George in November (read more below).

Thank you! Best wishes for a safe, healthy, and adventurous holiday season and new year!


Sunset at Amy's Park, by William Adamczak @wadamczakphoto

Smith Challenge for the Future of Lake George - Met!

We had an incredible response to this year’s Challenge for the Future of Lake George, presented by longtime LGLC friend and Director Emeritus Virginia (Ginny) Rowan Smith and her husband Manning Smith. Together, they presented the opportunity for a $300,000 match of new legacy pledges to the LGLC. We are very happy to report that we have successfully completed the challenge for the full match of $300,000, and gained 35 additional Society members!

We are sincerely grateful to everyone who stepped up to this challenge and pledged to create a legacy of protection of these wild lands and pristine waters for future generations.

We are also grateful for Ginny and Manning’s gracious commitment and their vision to help build this pillar of support for the LGLC. The Smith’s matching donation will go to the LGLC’s Virginia Rowan Smith Endowment, which provides annual support for land conservation projects that will forever protect Lake George. Thank you!


Jeff Killeen passed away December 14, 2022. Photo from the Albany Business Review

Our Condolences to the Killeen Family

The LGLC team mourns the recent passing Jeff Killeen, a passionate leader and advocate for the protection of Lake George. Our condolences go to the Killeen family.

Jeff had been serving as vice-chairman of the Lake George Association, after leading the merger of The FUND for Lake George with the Lake George Association in 2021.

As stated by the LGA, “Tireless of vision, spirit, and commitment, Jeff gave all of himself to the Lake he loved. His deep passion for Lake George was contagious and inspiring, and united our community behind the Lake as only Jeff could -- with grace, humor, and a steadfast belief in our shared ability to keep Lake George clear and clean.”


DEC Offers Winter Hiking Tips

Winter is a great time to hit the trails - no bugs! Plus, you may have a popular Lake George trail all to yourself, while enjoying the quiet calm of a snowy day. But winter weather brings extra challenges, so before you head out, it's especially important to be prepared. NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has a full page of winter hiking safety tips, including some short videos for how to layer and pack for a winter hike, as well as how to identify signs of hypothermia. Check out these video links below, or visit their winter hiking safety page for all of their great tips - they could be lifesaving!



Be sure to visit our events page, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get updates and posts about events as more are added. Registration is required for most events - visit lglc.org for more information and to register.

Dec. 21: NextGen - Conservation Catch-up (Virtual Meeting)

5:30 - 6:30 PM | Conservation Manager Monica Dore will join the NextGen Committee for this meeting to provide an overview of the LGLC's conservation projects. We'll also discuss upcoming committee events. Email Giulia to RSVP and get the Zoom link.

Jan. 19: LGLC Open House

2 - 4 PM | Pop in and say "Hi" to the LGLC staff - we'd love to see you! Chat about our latest conservation projects and what's ahead. Tasty treats and drinks provided.

Feb. 17 & 18: Walk on Water

10 AM & 2 PM | This year we're offering TWO days of Walk on Water to try to accommodate everyone who wants to experience this exclusive excursion to the protected Dome Island. $10/person to register. Registration opens January 9, 2023.


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TRAIL NOTICE: As reported by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. ... posted 12/07/22

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Lake George Land Conservancy
4905 Lake Shore Dr., PO Box 1250 | Bolton Landing, New York  12814
518-644-9673 | giving@lglc.org

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