Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Coon Mountain Preserve Focus of Saturday ‘Open House’

The Adirondack Land Trust (ALT), in cooperation with partner organizations, the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP), is hosting an open house at Coon Mountain Preserve, in Westport, this Saturday, July 21, 2012, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Acquired by the Adirondack Land Trust and opened for public use in 1992, Coon Mountain is an iconic hiking destination in the Champlain Valley. It offers panoramic views of Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks, and the Green Mountains of Vermont. The open house presents an opportunity to meet conservation professionals and learn about a broad range of conservation issues and programs—from land stewardship to invasive species control.

Folks are encouraged to bring their friends and family to hike the short, but moderate, one-mile Summit Trail. For this one day only, there will be a steward on hand at the summit to greet hikers, share insights and information, and answer questions about the site and conservation work in general. In addition to the Summit Trail, visitors can follow the Hidden Valley Trail, made possible through ALT’s 73-acre addition to the preserve in 2003, which meanders through a hemlock forest and past interesting rocky outcrops.

The Adirondack Land Trust and the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy have collectively conserved nearly 20,000 acres in the Champlain Valley, including more than a dozen conservation easements on privately owned properties—apple, dairy, grain, and hay farms among them.

From Westport (State Route 9N), take State Route 22 north toward Essex. In ½ mile, turn right onto Lakeshore Road. Keep to the right at the junction with Sherman Road in 1 mile, and continue another 2 miles, take Halds Road on the left. You’ll reach the trailhead on the right in ¾ mile.

The Adirondack Land Trust established in 1984, protects working farms and forests, undeveloped shoreline, scenic vistas, and other lands contributing to the quality of life in the Adirondacks.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading international, non-profit organization working to protect ecologically important lands and waters on which all life depends. Since 1971, the Adirondack Chapter has been working with a variety of partners in the Adirondacks to achieve a broad range of conservation results. The Chapter is a founding partner of the High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program, dedicated to the protection of alpine habitat.

Together, the Keene Valley-based Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and the Adirondack Land Trust have protected 571,000 acres. On the Web at nature.org/adirondacks.

 

Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program established in 2003, APIPP is a two-time, national award-winning program protecting the Adirondacks from the real and lasting negative economic and environmental impacts of invasive plants. APIPP partners operating under a Memorandum of Understanding are the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Adirondack Park Agency, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Department of Transportation and Invasive Plant Council of New York. On the Web at adkinvasives.com.

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