news and press

  • 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 

  • Bog Meadow Trail Improvements Announced

    On April 17, 2018, on the boardwalk of the Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail, Saratoga PLAN announced the start of three improvement projects that will enhance the 25-year old walking path to make it drier, smoother, safer, and more accessible. PLAN Executive Director Maria Trabka and Stewardship Coordinator Greg Redling described the significance of the trail and the type of work that would be done. Joining in the announcement were numerous supporters, including early volunteers Cynthia Behan and Jeff Olson, the Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Meg Kelly, and the Administrator of Parks, Open Lands, Historic Preservation, and Sustainability, Tina Carton. Read More 

  • Grant Received to Help Farmland Owners

    In late March, Saratoga PLAN was awarded a $50,000 grant from the new Land Trusts Grants program, administered by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM). In awarding the grant, Commissioner Richard A. Ball noted that some of the goals of the grant include enhancing the inventory of viable farmland in Saratoga County and developing farmland access outreach activities to assist landowners and farmers. Read More 

  • PLAN Receives Agricultural Outreach Grant

    Saratoga PLAN has received a grant of $15,000 from American Farmland Trust (AFT) to support farmland conservation educational events. PLAN is using the money for conservation workshops and other events that will inform farmers and landowners about options for permanently conserving their lands, accessing or transferring land, and succession planning. Read More 

  • 405+ Acres Conserved

    On February 22 Saratoga PLAN, the land trust of Saratoga County, finalized perpetual conservation easements on three adjacent scenic and productive farm properties in the Town of West Charlton, totaling more than 405 acres. Landowners Dawn and Dorothy Szurek sold a conservation easement on two farms of more than 315 acres, and Gary and Anne Vanderhorst sold an easement on an adjacent farm of close to 90 acres. Saratoga PLAN will steward these actively farmed properties in perpetuity, preserving open space, productive farm and forestland, and providing scenic enjoyment for all. These properties bring PLAN’s total of conserved lands in the county to about 4,985 acres. Read More 

  • Conservation Director Hired

    Michael Horn has joined Saratoga PLAN’s staff as Conservation Director. Horn will be working on more than 10 land projects currently underway, as PLAN expands its efforts to conserve land in Saratoga County. Read More 

  • Southern Palmertown Public Workshop

    Public Shares Local Knowledge of Palmertown Conservation Area Alta Planning and Design, Open Space Institute, and Saratoga PLAN hosted a public workshop on December 13, 2017, in Greenfield Center, seeking input on emerging recreation, conservation, and economic development opportunities in the Southern Palmertown region. Read More 

  • Conservation Heroes Protect 1041 Acres

    Saratoga PLAN, the land trust of Saratoga County, presented eight Conservation Hero awards on December 7 to landowners and the City of Saratoga Springs, in recognition of their valuable contributions to conserving 1,041 acres of land in the county. Read More 

  • Fall 2017 Newsletter

    Check out the Fall 2017 Saratoga PLAN newsletter featuring articles on new additions to the Milton Preserve, volunteers in action, partnering with Wildwood programs, and more. Read More 

  • Palmertown Public Workshop

    Please join us on Wednesday, December 13th, from 6-8pm at the Greenfield Community Center (25 Wilton Road) for a public workshop to discuss the future of the Southern Palmertown region. “Palmertown” is the name of the ridge of open space between Moreau Lake State Park and Saratoga Springs, located in north-central Saratoga County. We are seeking your input and guidance as the community begins to develop a strategy for the area based on its natural resources and its potential for economic development.   Read More 

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