news & press archive: Mar 2017

  • 2016 Annual Report Published

    Saratoga PLAN is proud to announce the arrival of our 2016 Annual Report: A Changing Landscape. With the rapid growth and economic development in Saratoga County the need to “Preserve Land and Nature” is greater than ever, and Saratoga PLAN is up to the challenge. The 2016 Annual Report highlights the many initiatives PLAN completed in 2016, along with the capacity building steps that will support service needs in the future. Read More 

  • Saratoga County Ranked Healthiest in NY

    A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study on county health rankings lists Saratoga County as #1 in New York State. The study looks at many factors making for healthy communities, including access to exercise opportunities and healthy food, which are both focuses of Saratoga PLAN. Read More 

  • Spring Goats

    On Sunday, I pulled on my overalls and muck boots to head out to do chores on a sunny, yet chilly, morning.  I usually feed the horses first while the goats line the fence waiting patiently for their breakfast. I noticed that the herd leader, Shelby, was missing from the group. She is the leader, I assume, because she’s the largest of the herd, as she is an Alpine cross dairy goat. Shelby had an approximate due date of March 22. I had a pretty good idea of her due date because it generally takes 150 days for gestation to take place in a standard-size goat. Once I realized that Shelby was missing I knew there had to be goat kids born already or she was very close. Shelby doesn’t miss a meal, ever. Read More 

  • 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