The Open Space Institute (OSI) has announced the acquisition of a property in the Town of Chesterfield that protects local water quality and furthers regional connectivity of protected land.
Located near Keeseville, just north of Willsboro Bay on Lake Champlain, the property will also open additional land for recreation and provide users with scenic views of the lake.
The 37-acre “Trembleau Mountain Addition” property, located on the northern slope of Trembleau Mountain (988 ft), is adjacent to two OSI protected properties: the 57-acre OSI-owned “Prescott” property, which the organization purchased in 2018; and the more than 600-acre “Trembleau Mountain” property, which OSI, in partnership with the Lake Champlain Land Trust (LCLT), acquired in 2016 and transferred to New York State as an addition to the Adirondack Forest Preserve in 2018. Together, these acquisitions, along with a 137-acre private property placed under conservation easement in December 2019 and held by LCLT, continue OSI’s and LCLT’s longstanding partnership efforts to conserve the slopes of Trembleau Mountain.
OSI’s protection of the land prevents future development on the property and helps to safeguard clean drinking water for the surrounding communities. Located within the Lake Champlain watershed, the property will help filter rainwater before it drains into Lake Champlain, which supplies drinking water for more than 200,000 people.
Completely forested, the newly protected property is home to a diversity of plant and animal species. Additionally, the property is within a corridor that has been labeled as “above average” in terms of resilience by The Nature Conservancy, meaning the property is uniquely positioned to support a diverse array of plants and animals even as the climate changes.
OSI’s Trembleau Mountain Addition property is expected to be opened to the public for hiking and other forms of passive recreation after the larger Trembleau Mountain management plan is completed.