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  • Exploring Lake Bonita in Moreau Lake State Park

    Exploring Lake Bonita in Moreau Lake State Park Saratoga Springs, New York – March 9, 2017 Today Saratoga PLAN partnered with Moreau Lake State Park staff to explore Lake Bonita, a recent addition to the park. Led by Jackie Donnelly, an experienced naturalist, eight enthusiastic hikers plus park staff followed the newly constructed trail around the lake. The sun was shining and the wind was blowing as the group observed changes in forest composition from the south to the north side of the lake, ate winterberries, and watched a mink run across the semi-frozen ice. Jackie discussed the unique ecology of Lake Bonita’s bog islands, which are inaccessible by the public because boating is prohibited on the lake. Read More 

  • Counting Birds in Skidmore’s North Woods

    This past weekend Saratoga PLAN partnered with Southern Adirondack Audubon Society (SAAS) to participate in the global Great Backyard Bird Count event. Led by SAAS’s president, John Loz, Saratoga PLAN intern Abbie Larkin and members of SAAS toured Skidmore’s North Woods listening and looking for birds. Our count of individuals by species will be entered into a global database! Read More 

  • PLAN Partners with Kawing Crow Awareness Center

    On January 27, 2017, Saratoga PLAN sponsored a workshop focused on the fundamentals of animal tracking and winter ecology led by expert naturalist, Vince Walsh. A pack of 16 winter wildlife enthusiasts explored the woods and wetlands of Greenfield’s Kawing Crow Awareness Center (KCAC). Vince encouraged the group to see differently, and observe the wind, sun, and snow pack to better interpret track evidence. This was the third in a series of events that aim to bring the public and experts together to explore the ecosystems of the Palmertown Conservation Area, a natural landscape bordered to the North by the Hudson River, with Routes 9 and 9N to the East and West. Read More 

  • Saratoga PLAN receives seven state awards of $3.1M to permanently protect six Saratoga County farms

    SARATOGA COUNTY – Saratoga PLAN is the recipient of $3.1M in grant awards from the state Farmland Protection Implementation Program for the conservation of seven farm operations on six properties encompassing 961 acres of prime farmland in Saratoga County. The awards, announced today by Governor Andrew Cuomo, will be used to purchase and permanently retire development rights on the six farms, ensuring that their fertile fields will be available for farming for future generations. Read More 

  • Workshops Help Landowners Unravel the Mysteries of Farmland Conservation

    Saratoga County, NY – Farmland owners that are interested in learning more about conserving their land are invited to attend one of four informational workshops offered in March at various locations in Saratoga County. Maria Trabka from Saratoga PLAN and Jaime O’Neill from the Saratoga County Planning Department will explain how farmland conservation works as well as the mechanics of funding programs which cover some of the transactional costs and through which owners of farmland can receive partial compensation for protecting their land from future development. Read More 

  • Saratoga PLAN conserves 246-acres in the Town of Ballston

    Town of Ballston, Saratoga County – On Thursday, December 10, 2015, Saratoga PLAN finalized the conservation easement on the Anchor-Diamond Park at the former Hawkwood Estate, a 246-acre property in the Town of Ballston that will be a “forever wild” publically-accessible preserve with trails. Read More 

  • Siege Trail Opening in Village of Victory

    Victory, NY – Saratoga PLAN to host ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Saratoga Siege Trail, located in the Village of Victory off of Route 4 on Saturday, October 17th at 1 pm. The event is free and open to the public and will begin at the Schuyler House with brief words from project supporters and leaders, followed by a ribbon cutting and .5 mile trail walk. Read More 

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