The Apperson Society was created by the Lake George Land Conservancy in honor of John Apperson’s passionate land conservation efforts for Lake George.


John Apperson

John S. Apperson Jr. (1878-1963), known by his friends as “Appy”, spent his working career as a supporting engineer and coordinator at the General Electric Company. Apperson was an avid sportsman and a life-long and tireless conservation activist whose efforts throughout the Adirondacks, especially on Lake George, successfully preserved much of what we love today about the region.

Apperson’s key successes in the conservation of Lake George include: the preservation of island shorelines; the removal of squatters on New York State and private land; providing significant influence and pressure to include of Lake George into the Adirondack Park; the prevention of a highway proposed along the shoreline of Tongue Mountain; his fight to defeat an amendment that would allow cutting of Forest Preserve land for recreational purposes; his fight for the public’s right to control water levels for Lake George; the preservation of Dome Island; and igniting the passion and inspiration in others to continue the fight to conserve the natural resources of Lake George and the greater Adirondack Park.

John Apperson

Skiing at Lake George

To carry on Apperson’s vision of a wild and protected Lake George, Apperson Society members are individuals, families, foundations or organizations that donate leadership gifts valuing $100,000 or greater or over a pledge period of up to five years to support Lake George land conservation efforts. Gifts may include a grant of land or conservation easement, donation towards specific land acquisition projects or support of LGLC’s ongoing land conservation. These donations can and have been made through the LGLC and may include other organizations such as the Lake George Association, NYS DEC, The Nature Conservancy or The Fund for Lake George provided it is directed for Lake George land conservation.