3 land trusts receive funding to protect forests

Here is where the three local land trusts receiving funds are located.


LAKE GEORGE — Three area land trusts have received funding to help protect forests, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday at the Wiawaka Center for Women.

Funded projects include:

  • Lake George Land Conservancy, Warren County: $350,000 to purchase a conservation easement on a 47-acre wooded property on the southeast side of Lake George owned by the Wiawaka Center for Women. The Wiawaka Uplands property is currently undeveloped woodland with over 1,500 feet of tributary creek and five acres of forested wetland. The conservation easement will protect the ecosystem services provided by the property in an area of ​​the Lake George watershed that continues to be under pressure from high density development.
  • Scenic Hudson Land Trust, Columbia County: $350,000 to purchase a conservation easement on the 200-acre Steepletop property, surrounded by Harvey Mountain State Forest. It consists of mixed northern hardwood forest, wetlands, and open grasslands and is the largest individual property in Harvey Mountain State Forest. It is the historic home of Edna St. Vincent Millay, who embellished this landscape in her works.
  • Agricultural Stewardship Association, Washington County: $294,640 to purchase a conservation easement comprising approximately 262 acres of forest in the Sugar Mountain Forest and connecting the Mount Tom and Chestnut Woods State Forests. The land includes tree species such as sugar maple, American beech, northern red oak, red maple, black birch, white ash and hemlock. The property has several streams.

A fourth Livingston County trust received $348,025. The announcement was made with representatives of the Land Trust Alliance and other partners working to protect forests and fight climate change.

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