LGLC News for December 2020
NYS DEC Announces Conservation Partnership Program Grants
The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) is pleased to announce that it received a grant of $23,300 from the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation’s Conservation Partnership Program, administered by the Land Trust Alliance. The grant will allow the public to access the LGLC’s 12-acre, ecologically-important East Brook Preserve in Lake George.
“This grant funding will allow the LGLC to create a low-cost, low-impact experience,” said LGLC Executive Director Jamie Brown, “so that we can responsibly invite the public to enjoy this special place and learn first-hand why the land is so important to water. It’s a really special place. When you get out there and see the amazing trees, the clean water, and think about what might have happened here in terms of development if the landowner had not decided to protect it, you can clearly see why protecting the land that protects the lake is important.”
The Importance of Trails and Stewardship
Thank you for all that you do and for making these amazing lands accessible to so many people. It was especially important this year, but I have always enjoyed the outdoors. I look forward to doing my part to help ensure that these lands remain accessible to locals and visitors and acquire new lands!
These words were written by LGLC donor Seth Harris, who has been making great use of LGLC trails this season.
We have heard from a lot of you with similar messages of gratitude for the ability to go outside, decompress and regain a healthy mind and body during this challenging year. We are proud of the recreational resources we've been able to provide, but they are only made possible with your support! Our land steward works year-round, watershed-wide, to make sure the trails we manage are safe, and to monitor our forests for invasive plants and pests.
To help showcase these trails, and support our stewardship efforts, we are offering a free copy of the new pocket guidebook, 12 Short Hikes on Preserves Near Lake George, with every donation of $50 or more! These donations will directly support our work on trails and taking care of the land that protects Lake George.
Preserve Spotlight: A Family Adventure at Godwin
Did you know that the Godwin Preserve is one of four LGLC Preserves that have plowed parking lots throughout the winter? The others include Amy's Park (main lot only), The Pinnacle, and Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob. If you've never ventured on the trails at Godwin, give it a try this year! This lovely property is often overlooked, but as our Community Engagement and Events Manager Michele Vidarte explains, it's well worth the trip.
"These days, it's hard to find a preserve or a trail that isn't already full of other people seeking all of these same things, especially in Bolton Landing. We're all looking for a place to go to escape and in many cases, we're all also looking for a place that has easy access, parking, is relatively close to home and maybe has a nice view at the top... Fortunately, we have many of these kinds of places in Bolton, you just have to look a little further."
Partner Spotlight: Dr. Mark Whitmore For nearly four years, the LGLC has been working to protect our lands from the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) – an invasive terrestrial pest that preys on the hemlock tree. From the beginning, our efforts to better understand this best and protect our trees were guided by Dr. Mark Whitmore and the Hemlock Initiative of Cornell University. When the HWA infestations were found on DEC and TNC lands this summer, we were there side-by-side with Dr. Whitmore and the Hemlock Initiative to protect our watershed’s hemlocks. We are grateful for this strong and important partnership that benefits our land and lake.
Lake George Land Conservancy
4905 Lake Shore Dr., PO Box 1250 | Bolton Landing, New York 12814
518-644-9673 | email@example.com