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LGLC News for August 2020

Hemlocks in peril

HWA, EAB, confirmed in Lake George watershed

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced on August 11, 2020, the confirmation of an infestation of the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) on Forest Preserve lands in the town of Dresden in Washington County. This comes just one week after their confirmation of the emerald ash borer (EAB) in Warren County, on the Schroon River in the town of Chester.

These insects are considered highly destructive and a major threat to Lake George forests. EAB is a small but destructive beetle that infests and kills North American native ash species, while HWA feeds on and kills hemlock trees, a tree species that is very common and very important to the Lake George Watershed and to the Adirondacks as a whole.

2020 Celebration

LGLC Donors Raise $162,000 During Weekend Celebration

The LGLC's annual Land & Water Conservation Celebration was converted to an online, three-day event that included the launch of our first promotional video, July 31 - August 2. Thanks to our generous donors, with the help of friends who promoted the event on social media and elsewhere, $162,000 was raised for the protection of Lake George.

The Celebration’s total includes $115,106 for three key project areas: the Bolton Hub Initiative-Bradley’s Lookout; Huletts Landing Conservation Initiative; and stewardship and educational programs. The event’s Honorary Committee generously gifted an additional $49,200.

All funds raised during the Celebration weekend will result in permanent protection of stream corridors, shoreline, ridges and forests around Lake George, all of which help to protect the water quality of Lake George.

Photographer Carl Heilman looks for Hike-A-Thon participants from the air, during the 2019 Hike-A-Thon.

Photographer Carl Heilman looks for Hike-A-Thon participants from the air, during the 2019 Hike-A-Thon.

2020 Rowan Award Goes to Carl Heilman, II

The Lake George Land Conservancy has awarded its 2020 Henry M. Rowan Award to Carl Heilman, II, Brant Lake resident and renowned photographer and author. The award is given annually to recognize exemplary individuals and organizations for their conservation efforts around Lake George.

“Carl’s work to portray the beauty of the land and the lake has inspired countless people to protect this special place,” said LGLC Executive Director Jamie Brown. “It’s a unique form of advocacy that truly goes to the heart of why we need to make sure that it remains protected for future generations. Like the land and water that it captures, Carl’s work endures over time to evoke warmth and a connection to a place like no other. We are grateful for all that his work has done to protect this watershed.”

Preserve at Pilot Knob to reopen September 12

Preserve at Pilot Knob to Reopen September 12

The LGLC's beloved Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob will reopen to the public on September 12, five months after being closed due to concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. Please note that guidelines for responsible recreation continue to be in effect, and the preserve will be monitored to make sure our guests are complying and visiting safely. If visiting this or any of our preserves, please follow these basic rules so that we can continue to provide safe recreational opportunities:

  • Stay local;
  • Visit in small groups limited to immediate household members;
  • If you arrive at a preserve and crowds are forming, choose a different park, a different trail, or return another time/day to visit;
  • If parking lots are full, please do not park along roadsides or other undesignated areas. To protect your safety and that of others, please choose a different area to visit, or return another time or day when parking is available.
  • Practice social distancing by keeping at least six (6) feet of distance between yourself and others, while on a trail and in places where people tend to congregate, such as parking lots, trailheads, and scenic overlooks; and
  • Stay home if you are sick, or showing or feeling any COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, coughing, and/or troubled breathing.
Living Lands Series

Living Lands Series - Bolton Hub, rescheduled for Aug. 26

The last presentation of the LGLC's 2020 online Living Lands Series has been rescheduled to August 26; the video will be posted at 5:30 PM. Led by LGLC director and Chazen Companies planner Paul Cummings, we will discuss the LGLC’s Bolton Recreational Hub, including the new Bradley's Lookout project. We’ll shed light on the Initiative, show maps of proposed and pending trail linkages, share goals for the plan and how we think the Bolton Hub can combine land conservation with Bolton’s economic growth into the future.

All of the Series' past and current presentations are available via links on our Living Lands page, as well as directly on our YouTube channel. Topics include Adirondack loons; hemlocks and invasive pests; Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases; and the Cortland Street Revolutionary War archeology site in Lake George Village.

Hemlock infested with HWA

Post of the Month

Announcement of confirmation of HWA infestation... posted 08/11/2020

Other popular posts:

LGLC Spotlight: Cummings family of Rainbow Beach  ... posted 07/31/2020
Thank you to the Lake George Mirror for sharing this extensive feature... posted 06/29/2020

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