The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) recently completed the purchase of more than 18 acres in the Town of Putnam (Washington County) that provides a point of public access to LGLC’s 189-acre Anthony’s Nose property.
LGLC purchased Anthony’s Nose, which includes Record Hill, in December of 2000. Home to nesting peregrine falcons, the property’s rocky cliffs are an iconic feature in northern Lake George. The land also includes 3,350 feet of lake shoreline, and abuts the 244-acre Flat Rock property to the north, part of the Adirondack Forest Preserve.
The newly acquired property consists of 15.5-acres adjoining the southeast edge of Anthony’s Nose, a 2.6-acre block on Schwerdtfeger Road, and a 50-foot easement of right-of-way connecting the two.
Already enjoyed by locals, the property’s half-mile hiking trail to the summit of Record Hill will be made official with LGLC blazes this spring, and a parking area on Schwerdtfeger Road will be constructed by the end of the summer. The preserve also will now be part of LGLC’s annual Hike-A-Thon, which is held each July 5th.
LGLC Executive Director Jamie Brown said, “This conservation project is a major accomplishment and I’m pleased that we are finally be able to offer Anthony’s Nose as a true public resource.”
A fundraising campaign is in progress to pay for the purchase, which was made possible thanks to a private loan and donations from individuals, families and foundations. LGLC recently received a $35,000 grant for this project from The Conservation Alliance, whose mission is to engage businesses to fund and partner with organizations to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values. More information about the project and how to donate can be found at www.lglc.org/projects/anthonys-nose-access.
With its public access secured, the entire Anthony’s Nose property is eligible for purchase by New York State, which has expressed interest in adding the land to the Adirondack Forest Preserve, further ensuring its protection in perpetuity, and providing public access to Flat Rock.