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LGLC News for January 2020

Stream on Twin Pines property

212 Acres of Twin Pines Resort, Now Protected

The Lake George Land Conservancy purchased of 212 acres in the Town of Bolton on December 20, 2019, ending the year with a significant conservation win for the lake.

The property was part the Twin Pines Resort owned by the McGurl family. The resort will continue to be run unaffected by this sale. The LGLC will hold the property until the Town of Bolton is able to purchase it from LGLC, encumbered by a conservation easement. This transfer is expected to take place in early 2020.

Of the purchase, Tom McGurl, Jr. said, “As we looked to the future, we wanted to be sure that Twin Pines would continue as a destination for our guests who have enjoyed the property for many generations, while ensuring that the land, views, and water would be protected in perpetuity. Working with the LGLC was a natural fit to accomplish this goal. Ultimately, lands that have sat mostly unused will, in time, be added to the recreational hub, linking Trout Lake to the recreational opportunities of the Pinnacle, and Cat and Thomas Mountains. This will further enhance of Bolton Landing as an outdoor recreation destination.”

LGLC staff lead HWA monitoring workshops

Leading by Example in HWA Management

This winter, the LGLC is increasing its outreach to neighboring communities and local outdoor groups about the importance of monitoring for the invasive forest pest, hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA). As leaders in the field, we are happy to partner with lake associations and other groups to share our experiences with on-the-ground monitoring. Because invasive species do not automatically stop at municipality or watershed lines, it is important that the LGLC work with organizations outside of the Lake George watershed to increase awareness of HWA, and to provide guidance in order to slow the spread of HWA.

The East Shore Schroon Lake Association (ESSLA) has recently joined the fight against HWA by educating its members and by calling on its snowmobilers, winter hikers, snowshoers, and skiers to monitor this winter. Of our partnership, ESSLA’s Chairman of Partner Relations Gary Karl said, "ESSLA regards the LGLC as a leader in fighting the spread of HWA and other terrestrial invasive species in the Adirondack Park, and we are excited to join forces with you."

The LGLC is always looking for partners to monitor for possible HWA infestations. Please follow the link below to learn more, or shoot us an email to find out how you can become a Hemlock Hero.

Winter hiking

Amy's Park - A Winter Destination

Amy's Park is a 500-acre property in Bolton that offers some of the most diverse trails around Lake George. Snowshoers and skiers may prefer the Blue Trail, at the Park's northern end. From its trailhead on Padanarum Rd*, the trail follows an old logging road so provides a wider, more even terrain before joining up with the other trails. All of the lower trails around the pond are suitable for snowshoeing, and could give you a glimpse of winter activity on the pond.
*Note that though Amy's Park has multiple parking areas and trailheads, the two primary lots on Padanarum Road get plowed throughout the winter. The Blue Trail starts at the third, most northern parking area, which does NOT get plowed. Check our website for more information about this Park before you head out.
Walk on Water

2020 Winter Events

Save the Dates!

View from McPhillips Preserve

McPhillips Preserve Committee

The LGLC is one of several partners working together to plan and fund the future recreational and educational design of the McPhillips Preserve in the Towns of Lake George and Queensbury. This partnership, which includes representatives from both towns, professional trail builders, and the Lake George School District, is a great model for conservation projects throughout the watershed. Together, we aim to protect the water quality of Lake George, while investing time and talent into creating a unique destination for tourists and residents, and an asset to the school and its students.

Post of the Month

Contract Signed: announcement of signed contract for Twin Pines, posted 12/21/2019

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Lake George Land Conservancy
4905 Lake Shore Dr., PO Box 1250 | Bolton Landing, New York  12814
518-644-9673 | giving@lglc.org

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