Bolton Landing, NY – More than 250 people came out to join the Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) at its 30th Anniversary party, held at Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center in Bolton Landing on Saturday, August 18.
The LGLC organized the free, family event to honor all of those who have been a part of its history, and welcome those who wished to be part of its future of protecting Lake George.
“We’ve had an amazing 30 years of protecting the land that protects the lake,” said Executive Director Jamie Brown. “Thanks to the many donors, landowners, volunteers, and community partners, more than 10,800 acres of land has been conserved – that’s nearly one acre every day, that is now permanently protected, working to filter water, reduce erosion, and keep Lake George healthy and clean.”
In addition to enjoying the expansive grounds of Up Yonda Farm, guests were able to participate in a guided hike, learn about local raptors with Nancy Kimball, experiment with a hands-on river model with Jim Lieberum from the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District, color and make buttons and animal tracks, and get their faces painted.
The Plaid Pancake, the Adirondack Pub and Brewery, and 9 Miles East provided a variety of tasty food, and each vendor donated a percent of the day’s proceeds back to the LGLC.
There was also live music, played by local musician Dan Ladd, who is also no stranger to the LGLC. The Outdoors Editor for The Chronicle newspaper in Glens Falls and avid hunter, Ladd presented a program on Adirondack hunting traditions during the LGLC’s Living Lands series in 2017.
The event only paused once for a brief welcome by the LGLC’s executive director, Jamie Brown, who also shared some information about the organization’s recent and historical accomplishments in conservation. The staff then took a few moments to present certificates to its volunteers of the year. Kurt and Florrie Stoffel, and the Morrison Family (Dr. Joanne, David, and Sam Morrison) were recognized for their devotion to the LGLC through volunteerism at events and with general assistance throughout the year and in past years.
“We had a wonderful day of good fun, good friends and great food!” said LGLC Community Engagement and Events Manager Michele Vidarte. “Thank you to vendors for joining us and supplying delicious eats, to NYS Soil and Water for attending with their river model and to Nancy Kimball and her raptors for being there. To all our volunteers, helpers and friends, thank you, as always, for your amazing work!”
Since its incorporation in 1988, the LGLC and its partners have permanently protected 10,867 acres of land and over 6.5 miles of Lake George shoreline through purchased and donated land acquisition, conservation easements and innovative community collaborations. In addition, the LGLC creates and maintains more than 38 miles of trails for year-round recreation and educational opportunities.
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Thank you to contributing photographers: Matt Sprow, Kevin Troy, and Michele Vidarte