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  • Newly Renovated Bog Meadow Trail Reopened

    A hardy group of more than 50 trail enthusiasts braved rain, wind, and high water on Saturday, November 3, to cut the ribbon at the new entrance to the Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail in Saratoga Springs. The reopening culminates a season of trail renovations including the creation of a new spur trail at Meadowbrook Road, extended bog bridging to avoid wet areas, extensive raising and smoothing of the trail surface, numerous drainage improvements, and new additions to prevent flooding caused by an active beaver population. The trail had been closed since last spring while the renovations were underway. Read More 

  • 89-Acre Tooker Farm Conserved

    Retired farmer Donald Tooker generously donated a conservation easement to permanently protect 89 acres of productive farmland in the heart of the Town of Wilton. The closing took place on October 24th. The farm, located near the junction of Jones and Old Gick roads, is used for growing alfalfa for the Kings Ransom Dairy Farm and vegetables for the Vincek Farm. In addition, Tooker retails his own honey harvested from 30 hives scattered throughout the area and manages 27 acres of native woodlands on the property. With the assistance of Saratoga PLAN, a not-for-profit land trust, the farm will be conserved primarily for agricultural purposes. Read More 

  • Feast of the Fields 2018

    Saratoga PLAN hosted 606 hungry and thirsty patrons of local food at the 13th annual Feast of the Fields on September 20, held at Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs. The event paired ten chefs from area restaurants with farm-fresh ingredients, local beverages, and other regional foods supplied by more than 65 local farms and vendors. Each chef provided delicious small plates at individual tasting stations. DeCrescente Distributing provided a wealth of beer, wine, and distilled spirits to wash it all down. Read More 

  • Feast of the Fields Returns for 13th Year

    The 13th annual edition of Saratoga PLAN’s Feast of the Fields will return to Saratoga National Golf Club on September 20. The event, likely to sell out to 600 guests, features farm-fresh produce, meats, and dairy products from a wealth of local farms, transformed into amazing culinary treats by well-known local chefs from regional restaurants. Feast celebrates the bounty of agriculture in the Saratoga region, which remains strong partly due to Saratoga PLAN’s farmland conservation efforts. Funds received support land conservation. Read More 

  • Botany Tea Celebrates Nature

    To celebrate the natural beauty of a permanently conserved farm, Saratoga PLAN held a Botany Tea event, attended by 30 people, on Sunday, August 5, 2018, on beautiful 144-acre Fiddle-i-Fee Farm, in the Town of Northumberland. Saratoga PLAN permanently preserved the farm, the home of Neil and Cathy Roberts, with a conservation easement in the fall 2017. Read More 

  • 220-Acre Wildwood Farms Protected

    On July 19 Saratoga PLAN finalized protection of 219.9 acres of productive farmland in the towns of Northumberland and Saratoga, located near the village of Schuylerville, and adjacent to historic Stark’s Knob. The property, owned by Allen D. (Wayne) Wood and Wood Family Trust, is now protected for scenic enjoyment by the public and for agricultural use by a permanent conservation easement that will be forever monitored by Saratoga PLAN. Read More 

  • Volunteers Fight Invasive Species

    Saratoga Plan led a community-wide effort on Saturday, June 30, to begin removal of an invasive outcropping of water chestnut plants on Fish Creek, the outlet of Saratoga Lake. The event kicked off at 8am on Saturday morning, with over 36 volunteers in attendance. Prior to the boat launch, Capitol Mohawk Partnership for Regional Invasive Species (PRISM) provided information about the invasive species as well as a tutorial on the proper procedures for water chestnut removal. Kayak Shak generously provided boats for those in need. Read More 

  • 3M Eco-Grant Supports Bog Meadow Trail Improvements

    The 3M Company has awarded Saratoga PLAN an $11,250 Eco-Grant for environmental work related to the ongoing Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail improvement project in Saratoga Springs, New York. The funds will be used to improve trail access by creating a new route linking the Meadowbrook Road trailhead and the main trail, for boardwalk leveling and repairs, and to raise and smooth the trailbed from the northern Route 29 entrance. Read More 

  • Champlain Canalway Trail Progress

    The Champlain Canalway Working Group held an early celebration of National Trails Day with a picnic lunch today for elected officials, trail volunteers and planners. The gathering of 40 trail advocates met in beautiful Lighthouse Park on the Hudson River, located on Route 4 in Halfmoon, NY, to share news on local progress towards the long-held vision of a complete 62-mile trail along the Champlain Canal and Hudson River extending from Waterford to Whitehall. The Town of Halfmoon provided a barbeque luncheon and Saratoga PLAN and trail volunteers contributed homemade side dishes for the picnic, after which the group toured a completed section of the Champlain Canalway Trail in the town of Halfmoon. Read More 

  • Conservation Partnership Grants Awarded to PLAN

    At a statewide land trust gathering in Albany on April 24, Saratoga PLAN received $64,000 in Conservation Partnership Program grants. The grants were part of approximately $2.3 million in support for 51 nonprofit land trusts announced by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Land Trust Alliance (LTA). LTA administers the Conservation Partnership Program in partnership with the DEC.   Read More 

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