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Conservancy gets $223,066 for land protection

BOLTON LANDING The Lake George Land Conservancy recently received $223,066 from the Helen V. Froehlich Foundation, including $100,000 towards the West Brook Conservation Initiative and $23,066 towards continued support of the LGLCs collaborative water quality research project with the Darrin Fresh Water Institute. The Helen V. Froehlich Foundation gifts of the last two years have provided us with financial resources for land protection that we did not have for many years, said Nancy Williams, the Conservancys executive director. As a small land trust with big visions, we could not begin to achieve our mission without cash available for appraisals, deposits, closing costs and interest payments. The Froehlich Foundation has made an enormous difference in our operations. The Foundations gift will go towards specific land protection projects, including the West Brook Conservation Initiative. In January of 2008, the Conservancy purchased over 1,400 acres of uplands, the Berry Pond tract, in the south basin of Lake George, including the headwaters of West Brook, a tributary that has a significant impact on the water quality of Lake George. The Foundations grant will go towards payment of the loan from the Open Space Conservancy used for the acquisition of the tract. The Froehlich Foundations support also will go towards Conservancy continuing work with the RPI's Darrin Fresh Water Institute to conduct a study demonstrating the effects of residential and road construction on lakes, ponds and streams. Now in its fourth year, the study involves sampling water from three shoreline sites around the lake, each in varying states of disturbance, to show water quality trends in those areas. The Froehlich Foundation was created in 1993 with funds provided by the late Helen V. Froehlich. The Lake George Land Conservancy is a non-profit land trust that has preserved more than 12,000 acres around the Lake George watershed and 45,500 feet of lake shoreline.

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