Lake George Land Conservancy Closes on 1,436-Acre Tract

BOLTON The Lake George Land Conservancy announced last week that it has closed on the $2.654 million purchase of a 1,436-acre parcel in southern Lake George known as the Berry Pond tract. We are celebrating the protection of Berry Pond tract, a beautiful wilderness with views stretching to the Adirondacks and the Narrows of Lake George, said Nancy Williams, Executive Director of the Lake George Land Conservancy in a press release. This single project links thousands of acres of land together, securing the habitat of countless creatures and will provide recreational opportunities for the residents and visitors to Lake George for future generations. The purchase marks the largest dollar purchase in LGLC history and the largest acreage purchased at one time from a single landowner, Williams said. The purchase was made possible in part through a loan from the Open Space Conservancy (OSC) and funding provided by the Helen V. Froehlich Foundation. The 1,436-acre Berry Pond tract includes the headwaters of West Brook, a tributary that has a significant impact on the water quality of Lake George, and lies within the towns of Lake George, Lake Luzerne and Warrensburg. The purchase helps connects nearly 10,000 acres of protected land, linking New York State Department of Environmental Conservations (DEC) Prospect Mountain, The Nature Conservancys recently acquired Finch, Pruyn & Co., Inc. parcels, and other land owned by the Village and Town of Lake George. Protection of the Berry Pond tract is a huge step forward in protecting Lake Georges water quality and view-shed, said OSC President Joe Martens, While OSC is proud to have played a part in its protection, the Lake George Land Conservancy deserves the thanks and praise of all New Yorkers for taking on this hugely important project. The Berry Pond tract includes Berry Pond, a pristine wilderness nearly centered within the 1,436 acres. The highpoints of the land provide expansive views of Lake George to the Narrows and southern views to Butler Pond and the lower Adirondacks. The tract is one of only two tracts specifically targeted in DECs Lake George Open Space Conservation Plan for purchase. Situated adjacent to the existing Lake George Recreation Center, the Berry Pond tract will provide significantly expanded outdoor recreational resources for residents and area guests.

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