The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) recently purchased 154 acres in the Town of Putnam, in the northeast region of Lake George. The land was purchased from the Rota and Rota-Poulin family, who had stewarded the property for multiple generations.
“The LGLC is pleased to have partnered with the Rota family,” said LGLC Executive Director Jamie Brown in an announcement sent to the press, “to protect their important property in Putnam. This land could not have been protected if not for the commitment of Amy Rota-Poulin, especially, who worked so hard to help the LGLC to ensure that the wetlands, forests, and natural resources of this beautiful place were conserved forever.”
The property lies mainly within the Lake George watershed and includes 26 acres of wetlands connected to Sucker Brook, one of Lake George’s largest tributaries. The protection of Sucker Brook and its large wetland complex is considered a key component to the LGLC’s larger Sucker Brook Conservation Initiative, which focuses on 4,600 acres in the region.
With the purchase of this land from the Rota family, 10 homes and septic systems have been prevented. The development of this property and associated septic systems would have negatively impacted the property’s wetlands and downstream water quality. Preventing impervious surfaces and development on upland properties like the Rota piece prevents sediment carrying excessive nutrients from reaching the lake.
This specific region of northeast Lake George has been shown to be a major wildlife corridor, and the protection of this property provides further assurance that this corridor will remain available for wildlife to travel between Vermont and the Adirondack Park. Its diverse landscape includes grasslands that offer bird habitat, and sphagnum bogs that offer unique habitat for wetland species and filter the water.
The conservation of the Rota property was made possible with individual donations, a grant from The Nature Conservancy, and with a loan from the LGLC’s Land Revolving Fund, an internal resource that allows them to act quickly, when land is most vulnerable. Donations are still being accepted to help with this project. More information on the project can be found on the LGLC’s website.
Illustrations, from above: grasslands on the newly protected Rota property in Putnam; and Sucker Brook parcel map courtesy Lake George Land Conservancy.