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2013 Annual Report

Saratoga PLAN thanks its 2014 Business Partners

Partnerships between the non-profit and business sector buiild communities that are great places to live, work, and visit. Together, we are realizing that conservation strengthens our economy, health, and natural resources, creating a community with an exceptional quality of life.

 

CONSERVATIONISTS

 

 

 

BARNRAISER

 

HARVESTERS

 

 

 

 

CULTIVATORS

Ballston Spa High School Interact Club

Peter R. Brooks, The Brooks Group of Merrill Lynch

Cantina Restaurant

Colley Asset Management, Inc.

The D. A. Collins Companies

Espressohuis

Greenfield Manufacturing, Inc.

H & N Bovine

King Wealth Management

Linell Lands, Inc.

Miller Printing

New Country Motor Car Group

Racing City Realty, Inc.

Saratoga National Bank & Trust

SKS Bottle & Packaging, Inc.

Sneeringer Monahan Provost Redgrave Title Agency

Stewart's Shops

Walter Borisenok Family Foundation

 

Without the continued support of community-minded businesses and organizations like these we wouldn’t be

able to continue our work conserving the quality of life,

natural beauty, natural resources, and local economy of Saratoga County

. Year after year, Saratoga PLAN strives to continue to achieve more conservation to further enhance our communities, and we need your help!

For more information on becoming a business sponsor, contact Emily@saratogaplan.org

 

Looking for information on the Saratoga Springs Greenbelt Trail Project?  click here

 

There's a MAP for that!

Did you know? Saratoga County trails are now mapped and available online in a variety of formats for your walking, hiking, rolling, riding, biking, running, skiing, snowshoeing pleasure! 

click for link

to trails in the county

Special thanks to the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce,

the Saratoga County Planning Department,

and Christopher Ferraro, former Saratoga PLAN intern extraordinaire,

for gathering the data for the trail maps.

Like Treasure Hunts? 

Try Letterboxing!

(click for link)

 

       

                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saratoga PLAN is a nonprofit land trust that works to preserve the rural character, natural habitats and scenic beauty of Saratoga County so that these irreplaceable assets are accessible to all and survive for future generations. We help landowners conserve their farmland, woodlands and natural habitats. We connect people to nature through an extensive trail network and 10 public nature preserves, for hiking, biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and kayaking.

Saratoga PLAN helps communities create plans that balance growth with conservation to sustain the Saratoga Region as a great place to live, work, visit and farm.

Our Nature Preserves are open to the public from dawn to dusk.

                            

  Please help support land conservation in Saratoga County

Saratoga PLAN is pleased to announce it has been awarded accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

PLAN is one of only 285 of the 1,700 land trusts from across the country to have been awarded accreditation since the fall of 2008. Accredited land trusts are authorized to display a seal indicating to the public that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent.

The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation.

 

“Saratoga PLAN’s accreditation status demonstrates our commitment to permanently conserving the woods, waters and trails of Saratoga County for the entire community,” says John Munter, Saratoga PLAN’s Board Chair.  “We have been working for years to bring our policies and practices to the highest levels required for accreditation.  PLAN’s staff and board learned so much through the rigorous program, and are now a stronger, more efficient and productive organization.”

Each accredited land trust submitted extensive documentation and underwent a rigorous review.

“Through accreditation land trusts conduct important planning and make their operations more efficient and strategic,” said Tammara Van Ryn, Executive Director of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. “Accredited organizations have engaged and trained citizen conservation leaders and improved systems for ensuring that their conservation work is permanent.”

        

“Saratoga PLAN is proud to have earned this status and to now display the accreditation seal. More important than the seal is what it represents. We take great comfort in knowing that we’ve established a solid foundation for land stewards of the future,” says Maria Trabka, PLAN’s Executive Director.

 

 

As the end of the year approaches, we invite you to help us in

protecting our natural heritage for generations to come

and preserving the natural beauty of the Saratoga region.

Give the gift of conservation this holiday season!

A gift to Saratoga PLAN is a great way to honor a friend, family member or co-worker.

The recipient will receive a special holiday card.


Your dollars, your time, and most importantly, your
passion for this organization are the reasons we continue to work tirelessly for

our shared health and happiness.


During the season of giving, please consider making
a gift that directly protects the land that sustains us.


Your donation will enable PLAN to continue its work conserving the

farms, woods, waters, and trails of Saratoga County.


Wishing you health and happiness this holiday season!


- Saratoga PLAN

 

CALL TO ACTION

During this holiday season, we are asking for your assistance

in giving a gift to Saratoga County: The gift of conservation,

through the transfer of the western portion of the lands surrounding the former

McGregor Prison to the Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Places,

for the benefit of the interests of both residents and visitors of Saratoga County.


Help show your support for this transfer by following the link below

to a petition that will be sent to Governor Cuomo asking for this land to be protected forever by being added to the Moreau State Park.

Click here to sign the petition. Every single supporter helps!

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We also encourage you to send a letter to Governor Cuomo now to transfer management of

state-owned land at the former McGregor Prison

to Moreau Lake State Park.

We have drafted a sample letter for your use.

 

 

THE LANDSCAPE OF SARATOGA COUNTY

MAPPPING PROJECT AND ANALYSES

Saratoga PLAN’s 2013 landscape study used updated data and modelling for aerial photos, land uses, groundwater recharge, wildlife habitat, natural community integrity, stream quality, agricultural suitability, planned trail networks, predicted development growth patterns, grey infrastructure, conserved lands, and other factors. The maps and analyses will help us better evaluate and rank places and properties for future conservation investments.

The landscape analysis project was funded by the NYS Conservation Partnership Program, the Community Foundation of the Greater Capital Region, NYS Council on the Arts, and the PCLB Foundation.

Kirstin Seleen, of Seleen Associates in Glens Falls, provided outstanding service and expertise as the project consultant.

click for link to maps and downloadable PDF files