$200,000 grant awarded to preserve Lake George wild lands

She added that there are other lands around the lake which the group would like to protect but acquisitions are at a standstill until they pay for the two recent purchases.

The Conservancy's purchase of the Last Great Shoreline project, located in the Town of Putnam, was a crucial step in the protection of the Lake George watershed, she said. A total of 351 acres and 2,357 feet of shoreline were acquired as a preserve, and 70 acres and 1,613 feet remain in private ownership that is now protected by a deed restriction.

The Conservancy has developed more than one mile of hiking trails through diverse ecological systems, including along parts of the Sucker Brook wetlands, to the view of forested hills and mountains of Vermont, and to a view of Lake George.

The land contains 35 acres of wetlands - including a rare white cedar swamp, she said. These Sucker Brook wetlands provide a natural filtration system, contributing to the pristine water quality of Lake George. In addition, the legendary Jumping Rock, situated on the northern shore, is part of the Conservancy preserve.

A wide variety of birds have been spotted in the region, Williams said. Peregrine falcons are nesting along side the steep cliffs of Record Hill, and Ospreys were seen flying across Warwick Road daily. A copy of the sightings can be viewed at: www.lglc.org.

Since its inception in 1988, the Lake George Land Conservancy has preserved more than 12,500 acres in the Lake George watershed and 9.2 miles of shoreline.

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