The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has protected 150 acres of Bolton, NY uplands in Warren County through the use of a conservation easement, a tool used by land trusts that keep land in private ownership while protecting the land’s conservation values.
The property includes one mile of stream corridor and 10 acres of wetland within the Indian Brook tributary of Lake George.
The property is owned by the DePace family, who sold the easement to the LGLC out of a desire to ensure its protection for future generations. Originally, the 150-acre tract was split into 23 residential lots, and allowed for 23 homes to be built. The DePace family and the LGLC worked to combine those 23 lots into just three.
Studies indicate that although Indian Brook is showing some impacts from development and other human activity, its watershed is still below the threshold of containing less than 10% of impervious surface, which is an indicator of overall health. Much of the watershed’s sensitive land is currently unprotected, however, leaving water quality vulnerable.
To address this issue, in 2017 the LGLC established its Indian Brook/Northwest Bay Conservation Initiative to work with willing landowners within the project area to acquire land and conservation easements that are vital to protecting water quality and important habitat, creating recreational opportunities, and keeping viewsheds intact.
Past conservation projects within this Initiative include Amy’s Park, Godwin Preserve, Wing Pond, and another conservation easement. In total, more than 2,500 acres have been protected within this Initiative region, including 4,150 feet of lake shoreline, 300 acres of wetland and 23,800 feet/over 4.5 miles of stream corridors.
For more information visit the Lake George Land Conservancy website.
Photo of Saddlebrook Stream courtesy Lake George Land Conservancy.