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Stormwater runoff is one of the biggest threats to the water quality of Lake George. Over-development on ecologically important lands contributes to this runoff, which carries pollutants and excess nutrients downstream. The LGLC works to prevent the impacts of runoff by strategically protecting sensitive lands from over-development in conservation initiatives throughout the watershed.
West Brook is a major tributary of Lake George, estimated to contribute 50% of the total annual tributary runoff entering the south end of Lake George. The protection of this sub-watershed, therefore, is a priority for the long-term health of Lake George.
The Prospect Mountain Addition is a 150-acre property adjoining New York State's Prospect Mountain. The property includes the headwaters of a main branch of West Brook; in total, more than one mile of stream corridor has been protected through this conservation effort.
The total goal for the Prospect Mountain Addition is $40,000. We have raised a total of $25,000 in advance gifts and pledges for this project, which leaves a Celebration goal of $15,000. Every dollar counts - please help today! Thank you!
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Lake George receives over 55% of its clean and clear water from mountain streams. The most effective way to ensure that the water feeding the lake stays clean is to protect not only the headwaters, where these waters first spring from the ground, but also the land and streams through which water travels as it heads to the lake.
As owners of this property, we will be able to properly watch over and care for the land so that future generations may enjoy and benefit from all that it has to offer. We will make sure that the trees, plants, and water are well cared for to provide clean water for the lake, habitat, clean air, and all of the other many benefits that protected land provides – for everyone here today and future generations.
The southern basin has developed rapidly, impairing the natural protection that the land offers the water through the normal filtering process of forests and wetlands. Protecting the unspoiled land in this part of the lake is more important now than ever to ensure that we can help nature to continue its natural role of providing clean water to the lake, and a healthy ecosystem to wildlife.
Invasive Species Management
Large, old stands of hemlock tower over the stream, holding soil of those steep slopes in place and shading those waters. As these trees are located near the trees on State land that had been infested with HWA, we are glad to take on the responsibility of watching over these trees that offer so much to our water and protecting them from any further infestations.
The Sucker Brook wetlands in the northeastern corner of Lake George; Anthony's Nose and Rogers Slide in background. Photo by Carl Heilman, II/Wild Visions, Inc. courtesy of the Adirondack Council.
The wetlands and streams of the Sucker Brook area of Putnam are among the highest conservation value in the Lake George watershed - that's why the LGLC has worked for 13 years to protect 14 properties totaling 2,085 acres of this important region. We are proud to add to this Conservation Initiative with this newest addition of 154 acres that adjoins the LGLC's Sucker Brook Preserve. This beautiful property includes 26 acres of wetlands and several thousand feet of Sucker Brook, another large tributary that provides fresh, clean water to Lake George.
"There is only one Lake George, and we are so grateful to see that someone is working to protect the lands that protect the lake. We are so proud to be a part of the LGLC’s legacy of land protection and stewardship. We know that the LGLC will take care of this land and dedicate their expertise to taking care of it." ~ Amy Rota-Poulin, a member of the family who sold this property to the LGLC
The total goal for the East Sucker Brook Addition is $50,000. We have raised a total of $30,000 in advance gifts and pledges, leaving a $20,000 goal for the Celebration. Your donation now can help us FINISH the fundraising for this project, and help with the overall Sucker Brook Conservation Initiative.
With the purchase of this land, 10 homes and septic systems have been prevented. The development of this property and associated septic systems would have negatively impacted the property’s wetlands, which in turn would have affected the quality of Lake George. (Click here or on image to download a map of the project area.)
This property borders what was the Last Great Shoreline Preserve, now part of the combined 1,085-acre Sucker Brook Preserve. This unique preserve has nearly 7 miles of trails with potential to add more, for hiking, birding, snowshoeing, and even access by boat. The preserve is also open to responsible hunting by permit.
Not only do streams, wetlands and intact forests provide habitat and food required for a healthy ecosystem, this region of the Lake George watershed has been shown to provide an important passageway for animals that move between the Green Mountains of Vermont to the interior regions of the Adirondack Park and beyond. (Photo of barred owl by William Adamczak)
The LGLC uses the land to teach those who visit and experience the beauty first-hand. Our trail-side educational signage, guided hikes and programs all work to inform the public, young and old, about what we do and why the land is so important for the lake.
The LGLC’s role in caring for our land has never been more important. Even as the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) has become established in the basin, gypsy moths showed up this spring for their once every decade appearance, and other forest pests keep emerging. We continue to work with our partners to come up with strategies as to how to deal with these pests, monitor on the ground for infestations, manage our land for pests, and offer education and assistance to the public.
Our trails and preserves are the face of the LGLC and provide outdoor classrooms to the tens of thousands of visitors who visit our land every year. We work hard to fulfill our obligation to take care of the land and make the outdoors available for all who want to access it, enjoy it, and learn about its importance to protecting this special place.
The total goal for Stewardship and Education is $20,000. We have raised a total of $7,500 in advance gifts and pledges for this project, which leaves a Celebration goal of $12,500. Every dollar counts - please help today! Thank you!
LGLC staff work year-round, independently and with volunteers and partners, to actively manage terrestrial invasive species like hemlock woolly adelgid. Trainings are provide to increase awareness and citizen-science efforts throughout the watershed and neighboring communities.
LGLC staff and volunteers actively manage more than 5,500 acres of protected lands year-round to enhance ecosystem health, including planting trees to strengthen stream corridors; creating safe, low-impact recreational trails; and developing land management plans for plant and animal diversity.
Conservation Easement Monitoring
LGLC staff manages 18 conservation easements, a total of 1,460 acres of land, privately owned but forever protected by agreements set forth by the landowners and the LGLC. These lands provide water quality protection while staying in private hands, a unique partnership that requires trust and integrity on both sides.
Outreach and Education
Trail signage, educational presentations, and outreach events such as the Hike-A-Thon provide effective platforms to educate a large number of residents and guests about the LGLC, our work, and what it takes to keep our preserves healthy and safe for public use.
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