The LGLC has several active projects within the scope of the Bolton Hub Initiative, which is focused on increasing recreational opportunities for the Town of Bolton while ensuring permanent protection of the lands that protect Lake George. Bolton contains large tributaries that enter Lake George; their health upstream determines the health of the Lake.
Right now we are under contract to protect Bradley's Lookout, a 62-acre property adjoining the Pinnacle Preserve. Once protected with a conservation easement, the Town of Bolton will take ownership and add it to the Pinnacle's already exceptional trail system. The property includes 7 acres of wetlands, an extensive hemlock forest, and fabulous view of Lake George from its lookout.
The total goal for the Bolton Hub is $50,000, which will allow us to make the purchase of Bradley's Lookout in late August.
As of 4 PM August 2, we have raised a total of $33,127 in gifts and pledges for the Bolton Hub. Thank you! Every dollar counts - please help today!
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Bolton contains large tributaries and wetlands that are crucial to reducing erosion from storm events, absorbing excess nutrients and pollution, and filtering water before it reaches Lake George.
The Town of Bolton is truly the destination for anyone seeking a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. Additional protected lands increase access and enjoyment while spreading out impact on the lands themselves.
Streams, wetlands and intact forests provide habitat and food required for species diversity - both plant and animal - which is essential for any healthy ecosystem.
With its extensive trail systems throughout the Bolton Hub, the LGLC is able to invite the community to experience the beauty and wonders of nature first-hand. Signage, guided outings and educational programs continue to involve thousands in our work.
The LGLC is continuing our efforts to protect the pristine streams, steep slopes, uninterrupted blocks of forest, and iconic views on the East Shore of Lake George through the Huletts Landing Conservation Initiative. Last year, thanks to your support, we protected 137 acres, including nearly one and a half miles of important stream corridor that flows directly into Lake George. These properties added to the Leeming Jelliffe Preserve to create a foundation for our strategic approach to protecting the most sensitive and important lands within this area – to make the most positive impact on water quality, habitat, and maintaining the historic viewshed.
Just a few weeks ago, we protected another 25-acre forested parcel off of County Road 6, containing another 1,300 feet of stream corridor leading to Lake George. We are slowly but surely creating a buffer that will protect water quality and maintain a forested view as you head down into Huletts Landing. This is a great example of community conservation. We continue to work with other willing landowners, and hope to have exciting news in the weeks and months to come!
The total goal for the Huletts Landing Conservation Initiative is $60,000.
Your gift will be TRIPLED thanks to the generosity of the Lawler and O'Reilly families! For every $1 donated, they will give $2, up to $40,000.
As of 4 PM August 2, we have raised $31,758 in gifts and pledges for the Huletts Landing Initiative. Thank you! Every dollar counts, please help today!
The extremely steep slopes of Huletts Landing and its surrounding area makes the land much more susceptible to erosion and high water flow in its streams, all of which negatively impacts Lake George. Protecting the land upstream is the most efficient and cost effective way to keep our lake clean.
This region of the northeastern shore and uplands is highly visible from the Narrows of Lake George and the western side of the lake. Protecting its sensitive slopes and ridgelines not only benefits the water quality, but it also safeguards the scenic value that draws so much appreciation from residents and guests alike.
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.
The LGLC is also able to use the land to teach. Those who visit the preserves or witness the region's beauty become ambassadors for our work and for the protection of the lake.
Our stewardship work is equally as important as our land protection work. As part of the LGLC’s work to protect the land that protects the lake, we have a responsibility to look after the land forever, keep it safe from natural threats, and ensure that everyone who wants to visit our lands feels welcome.
Stewardship, and its educational component, involves a wide variety of jobs and activities performed by different staff members and volunteers: property and easement monitoring, invasive species monitoring and management, trail building and maintenance, sign construction, volunteer trail hosts, the Hike-A-Thon, and many other activities and programs. 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 the our Stewardship and Education programs is $30,000, which will allow us to continue our watershed-wide efforts to maintain protected lands and reach a broader audience with our message.
As of 4 PM, August 2, we have raised $23,923 in gifts and pledges for stewardship and education. Thank you! Every dollar counts - please help us today!
Invasive Species Management
LGLC staff work year-round, independently and with volunteers and partners, to actively manage terrestrial invasive species. Trainings are provide to increase awareness and citizen-science efforts throughout the watershed and neighboring communities.
LGLC staff and volunteers actively manage more than 5,000 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 17 conservation easements, a total of 1,400 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.
Trail signage and 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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