Bolton Landing, NY – On January 15, the Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) closed on the conservation of 13 acres along the edge of the Warner Bay wetlands in the Town of Queensbury. The strip of land adjoins the larger 1,400-acre Dunham Bay Marsh owned and protected by New York State (NYS) Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) since 1980.
The 13-acre property was held by Warren County for unpaid taxes; instead of taking it to auction the County approached the LGLC with the offer of donating the land for conservation purposes.
“We are grateful to the County Supervisors for this generous donation of land,” expressed LGLC Executive Director Jamie Brown, “and for entrusting the Lake George Land Conservancy with its care. Protecting wetlands such as these is the most efficient and cost-effective way to protect the water quality of our special lake.”
Located on the south side of Ridge Rd/Rt 9L, the strip of land follows the edge of the wetlands south of Warner Bay, providing a buffer to the sensitive wetlands that can now be monitored by the LGLC to prevent possible dumping or other causes of pollution into the wetlands ecosystem.
The property is 100% freshwater forested/shrub wetland, a portion of which is a specific natural community identified by the NYS Natural Heritage Program as a Black Spruce-Tamarack Bog, which is home to several rare plant and animal species.
Because Lake George flows north, the quality of the water entering the lake through these wetlands is especially important on the health and quality of the lake as a whole.