On August 20th 2011, Saratoga P.L.A.N. officially opened the 606-acre Hennig Preserve in the Town of Providence. Bob Hennig and Penny Steffen, Barbara Hennig and the late Mally Sue Bleikamp Hennig lovingly cared for this property for over 50 years. They donated the property to Saratoga P.L.A.N. last fall. “We are pleased that Saratoga P.L.A.N. has agreed to accept the donation of our land and will care for its stewardship in coming years. This will ensure that a large tract of land in the town of Providence will be preserved” said Bob Hennig.
Saratoga P.L.A.N. will manage the property as a natural area for native forest and wetland flora and fauna. It is open to the public for passive recreation such as hiking and walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and nature study. A conservation easement placed earlier on the property, as well as on 140 additional adjacent acres, prevents all other uses.
Volunteers have scouted out the best trail locations and trailheads and have laid out and marked 9 miles of trails, along eskers, through old forests and with views of beaver meadows and ponds. The Hennig volunteer group has also worked with Saratoga County to integrate 476 acres of contiguous county forest land into the trail network. One trail has been cut which links the Hennig Preserve with County forest land including along Cadman Creek, and staff and volunteers are planning the others.
“P.L.A.N. is honored that the Hennigs asked us to become stewards of their land. This is the largest preserve that P.L.A.N. has ever managed and a milestone for land conservation in Saratoga County. The land has been so well cared for – the Hennigs were active stewards who walked the land regularly and knew every special patch of native flora. Their caretaking will be missed but P.L.A.N. will try and live up to their standards” said Maria Trabka, Executive Director.