Bolton Landing, NY – The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has received a grant of $145,000 from the Helen V. Froehlich Foundation for watershed protection efforts in Bolton Landing. This is the 25th consecutive grant awarded to the LGLC from the Foundation, bringing their total giving to the LGLC more than $3.75 million for land and lake protection projects.
This year’s grant provides $100,000 for direct land protection efforts within the Bolton Recreational Hub Initiative in Bolton Landing, and $45,000 for ongoing conservation and stewardship operations.
“I’m honored to have another opportunity to thank the Froehlich Foundation,” said LGLC Executive Director Jamie Brown, “for their significant show of support for land conservation as a means for protecting Lake George, a place that had great importance to Helen Froehlich during her lifetime. Their grants have enabled the LGLC to act on significant conservation projects, making a positive, permanent impact on the lake’s future.”
The Bolton Recreational Hub Initiative is a collaborative effort between the LGLC, Town of Bolton and Bolton Landing Chamber of Commerce, to enhance and strengthen the recreational, ecological and cultural resources of Bolton.
Efforts are guided by a comprehensive plan, the Bolton Recreational Hub Strategy, prepared by The Chazen Companies in 2019. The 96-page Strategy is a compilation of stakeholder interviews, inventory of existing trails and public spaces, and recommendations for future recreational opportunities within the Town of Bolton, funded by a grant from the 2018 Conservation Partnership Program.
For the LGLC, the plan identifies potential opportunities for natural resource protection, focusing on lands that would provide significant water quality protection. It also offers ideas for improvements on existing preserves, including educational signage, as well as identifying ways to connect existing LGLC preserves to State lands for expanded recreation (including multi-use trails).
The Helen V. Froehlich Foundation was created in 1993 with funds provided by the late Helen V. Froehlich to assist with the conservation and preservation of Lake George. Mrs. Froehlich (1901-1992) was an author, naturalist, hiker and overall outdoor lover, and spent the last 20 years of her life in Huletts Landing. The Lake George Land Conservancy is just one of several local organizations that benefit from the Foundation’s generosity.