news and press

  • 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 

  • 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 

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