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Protecting the Land that Protects the Lake since 1988


LGLC News for April 2021

Stream flowing through a grassy/forested area

This stream and surrounding grassland/wetland habitat in Putnam is part of a new conservation project that the LGLC has recently contracted to protect.

Two Properties Under Contract in Lake George and Putnam

We are excited to announce two properties currently under contract to protect: 154 acres in Putnam, adjoining the Last Great Shoreline; and 150 acres in the Towns of Lake George and Warrensburg, adjoining New York State's Prospect Mountain. Together, these two properties include 1 mile of stream corridors in two of Lake George's largest tributaries, and nearly 30 acres of wetlands, including a sphagnum bog.

We thank the landowners of these properties for their commitment to protecting Lake George, and their partnership with the LGLC to make these conservation projects happen!

Stay tuned for more information about these properties and their impact on water quality and habitat protection, as we are featuring them in our spring/summer newsletter, coming soon!

Video screenshot; text: Pilot Knob, Town of Fort Ann, 223 Acres

Preserve Spotlights: Video Series Launched

The LGLC has created a series of videos spotlighting some of our favorite preserves! Our “Find Your Happy Place” video series was filmed and produced by Pelli Productions, and features The Pinnacle, Amy's Park, Pilot Knob and Cook Mountain. This first release showcases the preserves in winter, but we will continue the series throughout the year to capture the beauty of each season.

You can watch the videos from our YouTube Channel, or be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get to-the-minute posts and updates!

Closeup view of hemlock needles through a magnifying lens

Partner Spotlight: Forest Pest Symposium

The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a Forest Pest Symposium on April 22, 8:30 AM - 1:15 PM. This info-packed event is FREE and includes discussions and educational panels are geared toward landowners, supervisors, and any outdoor enthusiasts interested in learning more about the invasive insects impacting the Adirondack forests (including Lake George!): hemlock woolly adelgid, emerald ash borer, and the spotted laternfly.

The event will be held via Zoom and registration is required to get the link.

NOTICE: Spring is here and that means it is time to STOP surveying for hemlock woolly adelgid. Spring is the only time in the HWA life cycle that HWA is mobile and can be accidentally spread from one tree to another. On the ground citizen science efforts will resume in the fall, and we encourage everyone to become involved with efforts to protect the precious hemlock resources of the northeastern forests!


In the meantime, you can survey shoreline hemlock health from the water and if you see that a hemlock tree has turned grey (rather than the usual bright green color seen in the spring and early summer) please feel free to share the location of the tree and a picture with us.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the first year of the Adopt-a-Trailhead program. We're excited to share that over 100 trails were adopted and surveyed by dedicated citizen scientists over these past winter weeks. Thank you to all of our incredible volunteers and outstanding partners in conservation!
Hike-A-Thon event header - collage of images from past Hike-A-Thons and logo

2021 Hike-A-Thon is Nearly Full but Virtual is Unlimited!

The early-bird registration period for the LGLC's 9th Annual Hike-A-Thon continues until April 30. During this phase, every registrant is offered a free event t-shirt! While there are only a few spots remaining for in-person, guided outings, virtual participation is unlimited! If you wish to participate on your own, be sure to register and let us know where you're planning to be on July 5th!

The Hike-A-Thon is a watershed-wide event that has included nearly 700 hikers, paddlers and volunteers in an organized morning of guided outdoor recreation. The simultaneous hikes and paddles culminate with aerial photography of each group by Carl Heilman, II, who will once again be flying in a helicopter donated and piloted by Bruce Mowery of North Country HeliFlite.

We thank our partner sites for their participation this year: Silver Bay YMCA Conference and Family Retreat Center, Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center, and Wiawaka Center for Women.

The Hike-A-Thon is a free public outreach event, made possible with the financial support of business sponsors and individuals who choose to donate with their registrations. Thank you! We are sincerely grateful for the support of the following sponsors for 2021:

Carl Heilman II/Wild Visions, Inc. logo
North Country Heliflite logo
Lake George Mirror logo
Town of Bolton logo
Life Well Lived by Beth Tiger logo
JUST water logo
Lake George RV Park logo
Stewart's Shops, logo
Town of Hague, logo
Connally Creative logo
Camp David, Lake George logo
Love is on Lake George logo
Rotary Club of Lake George logo
text: Staloff Brothers Custom Metal Fabrication
Arcurio Consulting logo
Cedar Graphics logo
Clothier Planning & Consulting logo
My Little Love Note logo
Adirondack Mountain Club logo
Aerial image of yoga participants at the Pilot Knob gazebo

Events are Back!

We're building up a great lineup of educational and recreational events to get you back out on the trails and learning about our watershed and its history. Be sure to visit our website, 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.

Earth Day BINGO: April 19-25

We’re celebrating Earth Day all week long with a special LGLC edition BINGO! Work your way through tasks to get BINGO, then share your completed card for a chance to win a prize! Details at lglc.org/earth-day-bingo

Kids hold a frog found during a hike

Naturalist Guided Hikes at Godwin: May 7 & May 29

We're partnering with our friends at Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center to offer guided explorations of some of LGLC's favorite preserves! Check out Godwin's vernal pools, streams and forests on this moderate trail system.

participants doing yoga at Pilot Knob

Yoga at the Gazebo: May 16

We’re once again partnering with Seela Yoga for an outdoor yoga experience on the summit of Pilot Knob! This outing includes the 30-minute moderate hike up Pilot Knob’s trail to the gazebo/meadow, followed by 30 minutes of guided yoga. $10 per person.

People walk along a beaver dam at Gull Bay

Naturalist Guided Hike at Gull Bay: June 19

Join the Up Yonda Farm naturalists for an adventure at Gull Bay! Take in a view of Lake George and visit the great blue heron rookery while the nests are still active.

Leave No Trace logo and tagline

Leave No Trace: June 30

This year's Living Lands Series is launching with the Adirondack Mountain Club, providing a review of Leave No Trace principles. *Living Lands Series will be virtual again this year; registration is not required. Videos will go live at 5:30 PM on the event date.

2021 Save-The-Dates!

  • Hike-A-Thon: Monday, July 5
  • Land & Water Conservation Celebration: Friday, July 30 - VIRTUAL
  • Annual Meeting & Block Party: Saturday, August 14
  • Amy's Race for the Lake: Saturday, October 2
Screenshot of Facebook post about ticks.

Post of the Month

TICK SEASON:: It's that time of year again and the ticks are out. ...  Posted 4/2/2021

Other popular posts:

Pilot Knob Video Premiere: posted 4/2/2021

The Pinnacle Video Premiere: posted 3/31/2021

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