Monday, July 25, 2016

Adirondack Private Lands Symposium Wednesday

lake placidLake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) is hosting a panel discussion about conservation and stewardship opportunities on private lands in the Lake Placid region on Wednesday, July 27th at 6:30 pm at Heaven Hill Farm, located at 302 Bear Cub Lane in Lake Placid.

Through a recent mapping initiative, LPLC identified important land use characteristics and attributes (including important ecological and economic characteristics) on almost 100,000 acres of private lands in the region. LPLC staff will provide an overview of its mapping initiative and experts from the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy (TNC), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and Adirondack Council will serve as panelists and discuss wildlife habitat, approaches to conservation and stewardship, and biological monitoring on private lands within the Adirondack Park.

LPLC will also be hosting a series of community conservation workshops this summer intended for landowners who are interested in discussing conservation and stewardship opportunities on private lands in Adirondack communities. The workshops will encourage discussion and engagement between landowners, community leaders, local government officials and other community organizations about important ecological, political and economic values that inform conservation and stewardship of private lands in and around Lake Placid, Jay, and Saranac Lake.

Information discussed at the workshops will be used to support the development of LPLC’s new Community Conservation Program. Expected to be completed next year, the Community Conservation Program will offer qualified landowners the opportunity to work with LPLC to develop voluntary, non-binding conservation management plans for their properties as well as provide them with tools to effectively monitor birds, wildlife, plant phenology, pollinators or invasive species on their land.

Workshops this summer will include:

Lake Placid Workshop
Wednesday, August 3rd, 5:30 pm – 7 pm
Lake Placid Beach House, 49 Parkside Drive, Lake Placid.

Jay Workshop
Wednesday, August 10th, 5:30 pm – 7 pm
Amos and Julia Ward Theater 15 Parkside Drive, Jay.

Saranac Lake Workshop
Wednesday, September 7th, 5:30 pm – 7 pm
Saranac Lake Free Library, 109 Main Street, Saranac Lake.

The workshops are free and open to the public and are funded in part by a $25,000 New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) grant that was awarded to LPLC in April. NYSCPP grants are funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and administered by the Land Trust Alliance (LTA).

Located in Lake Placid, the Lake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) is a 501(c)(3) not for profit land trust that partners with landowners and communities in the Ausable and Saranac River basins in the Adirondack Park to conserve important open spaces, viewsheds, wildlife habitats, water resources as well as recreational lands that create opportunities for people to enjoy the region’s natural beauty.

For more information or directions, visit LPLC’s website.

Photo by Tracey Buyce Photography provided.

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