news and press

  • Fiddle-i-Fee Farm Conserved

    Saratoga PLAN has helped conserve another beautiful and productive farm in fast-growing Saratoga County. With a high percentage of “prime” soils, beautiful views toward the Hudson River, and nearby productive dairy farms, the 144-acre Fiddle-i-Fee Farm in Bacon Hill, Town of Northumberland, will be permanently conserved with the aid of local, county and state funding. To make this possible, Saratoga PLAN worked with property owners Cathy and Neil Roberts, who bargain sold the conservation easement on the property. The closing took place on October 24, 2017. Read More 

  • Sold Out Feast of the Fields 2017

    A record number of Saratoga PLAN supporters joined in the 2017 celebration of farm fresh bounty at the 12th Annual Feast of the Fields, held September 21 at Saratoga National Golf Club. As always, PLAN volunteers collected fresh farm products that were prepared by local chefs, accompanied by delicious wine, spirits, beer, baked goods, fresh juices, and other delicious local products. Dishes for the tasting included everything from Fried Maple Bacon Duck Rillettes, to Red Wine Braised Short Ribs, to Butternut Squash and Sweet Onion Lasagna. Desserts included Apple Cheesecake Mousse Parfait and Spiced Maple Pecan Cupcakes with Vanilla Butter Cream. Needless to say, nobody went home hungry. Read More 

  • Waterford to Whitehall Trail Gets $12 Million

    Andy Beers, Director, Empire State Trail, today announced that New York State will be making a $12 million investment to build new sections of the 61-mile Champlain Canalway Trail connecting Waterford, in Saratoga County, to Whitehall, New York. Saratoga PLAN has been instrumental in helping communities create and maintain trails in Saratoga County that will connect directly to the Empire State Trail. Learn more about trails in Saratoga County here. The announcement was made during a reception held on the historic Dix Bridge located near Schuylerville, NY, along part of the trail route. The full text of today’s press release announcing this funding follows: Read More 

  • Rhodes Property Expands Milton Preserve

    Harold (Dusty) and Arlene Rhodes have donated to Saratoga PLAN 23 acres of forested land in Galway that will connect the Milton Preserve to the south and the recently acquired conservation lands on the Carpenter Farm to the north. Together, these properties could provide a natural corridor for the proposed extension of the Long Path trail, eventually extending from New Jersey all the way to the Adirondacks. Saratoga PLAN will steward these lands, with plans for creating public trails across all three adjoining properties. The closing on the property transaction was on July 28, 2017. Read More 

  • 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 

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