LAKE GEORGE The Lake George Land Conservancy, an independent, not-for-profit environmental conservation organization, has formally opened its new headquarters. Located at the former Tavern on the Pond property in Bolton Landing, The Macionis Family Center For Conservation was unveiled July 28 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and the dedication of Preservation Patio, a brick walkway paved with tribute messages. The new facility will provide the group with much-needed meeting, work and educational space in support of its conservation efforts.
The event opened with the groups annual public meeting and remarks by Board of Directors President John Macionis.
We have a clearly rising level of activity,Macionis said. More people are doing more and were all seeing the results.
Commenting on its fundamental objective, Macionis said, The land conservancy gives the people who live around the lake the opportunity to truly make a difference.
Since its founding in 1988, the LGLC has been successful in protecting over 10,600 acres of land including 45,500 feet of shoreline from development in the Lake George watershed. The group works with willing landowners to secure conservation easements and land purchases that are in turn passed to the State of New York or other conservation groups.
During the dedication, Macionis unveiled plans for a revolving fund that would allow the group to react faster to opportunities. We need to have money available where we can engage opportunities immediately, Macionis said. A strike-fund that we can use to get our foot in the door.
Guest speakers at the event included state Department of Conservation Region Five Director Elizabeth Lowe and Bolton Supervisor Alexander Zandy Gabriels.
The Adirondacks are so diverse, noted Lowe in private comments. One of the biggest challenges is how to balance sustainability issues, especially in areas like Lake George. The DEC has worked with the Conservancy on many projects over time, a lot of them related to the lakes water quality. Theyve done a nice job here, its a work of art.
The Town of Bolton recently passed a resolution proclaiming July 28 as the Bolton Land & Water Festival. The town also received recognition from LGLC Executive Director Nancy Williams for its support of a recent Environmental Protection Fund grant application and cooperative efforts made toward the proposed purchase of the former Gaslight Village property in Lake George. Deemed the Gaslight Village Reclamation Project, the LGLC has been an instrumental part of a consortium of local government and environmental groups dedicated to purchasing the property from the Charles R. Wood Foundation.
U.S. Representative Kirsten Gillibrand also provided a mid-day speech in which she detailed some of the environmental efforts occurring in Congress including additional conservation funding attached to the recent farm bill passage.