news and press

  • 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 

  • 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 

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