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  • Saratoga PLAN Conserves 59-Acre Farm in Galway

    On June 12, 2017, Saratoga PLAN finalized a perpetual conservation easement to preserve the 59+/- acre Carpenter Farm, located in the Town of Galway. Property owner Donald Carpenter is donating the easement in order to conserve the land for agriculture, forestry, wildlife habitat, water resource protection, scenic beauty and public recreation. The property is situated in a rural historic landscape with scenic charm. Read More 

  • Saratoga PLAN Releases Updated Countywide Trails Dataset

    Saratoga PLAN has released the latest updated countywide trails dataset, and the information is publicly available. Saratoga County boasts over 280 miles of recreation trails – with new trails added or improved each season. Saratoga PLAN is the keeper of a countywide trails dataset, which was originally compiled in 2011 and was updated during 2016-2017. The updates were made possible due to a network of tireless volunteers, important partners, and two skilled interns, Amy Marshall and Abigail Larkin. Read More 

  • Saratoga County Partners in Conservation

    On May 1, 2017, at the Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center, graduate students in The State University of New York at Albany (UAlbany) 2017 Graduate Planning Studio class delivered their final presentation on conservation and recreation analysis of the Palmertown Conservation Area before an audience of state park officials, horseback riders, mountain bikers, birders, hikers, volunteers, and conservation and sustainability professionals. The UAlbany class served as consultants for a “real-life” project, with Saratoga PLAN and the Open Space Institute (OSI) serving as their “clients.” The students’ analysis will provide a starting point for an upcoming initiative to involve the local community in developing a strategic and comprehensive conservation plan for the Palmertown Conservation Area. Read More 

  • PLAN Awarded Conservation Partnership Grant

    Saratoga PLAN was awarded a $75,000 Conservation Partnership Grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). In recognition of Earth Week, a weeklong celebration of New York’s commitment and accomplishments to protect our environment, DEC and the Land Trust Alliance unveiled the grantees at an event at Winter Hill in Garrison in Putnam County. The Land Trust Alliance administers the Conservation Partnership Program in coordination with DEC. Read More 

  • Conservation Conversation Held in Malta

    Saratoga PLAN and the Town of Malta invited the public to a free public “Conservation Conversation” on April 13, 2017, in the Malta Community Center. More than 25 local landowners and concerned citizens attended the educational event lead by Maria Trabka, of Saratoga PLAN, Jaime O’Neill, Planner for Saratoga County, David Haight, Chair of the Town of Malta Farmland and Open Space Committee, Audrey Ball, Director of Parks, Recreation and Human Services for the Town of Malta, and Tony Tozi, Building and Planning Coordinator for the Town of Malta. 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 

  • 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 

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