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Bolton acreage donated for preservation

BOLTON - The Lake George Land Conservancy has received a 2.5-acre land donation to be added to the Conservancy's Cat and Thomas Mountains Preserve.

This 1,850-acre preserve was acquired by The Conservancy in 2003. Its acquisition was considered by environmentalists to be a major accomplishment in protecting the Lake George watershed, because one of the lake's larger tributaries, Finkle Brook, flows through the preserve and forms Edgecomb Pond, the source of drinking water for Bolton Landing residents.

"We are long time friends of Lake George who wish to see the Queen of Lakes clear again," said the donors, who have asked to remain anonymous.

In addition to preserving Edgecomb Pond, the Cat and Thomas Mountains Preserve protects the largest tract of contiguous land remaining in Bolton. The Conservancy maintains seven miles of trails open to the public for hiking and cross-country skiing.

Since its inception in 1988, The Conservancy has permanently protected more than 12,100 acres of Lake George wilderness and 44,500 feet of shoreline, Conservancy officials said. Five of these parcels have been prepared and maintained for the public as nature preserves, with over ten miles of trails.

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