The project will create a connector trail between the hamlet of Wilmington and the existing public land and trails on the Beaver Brook Tract of the Wilmington Wild Forest located on Hardy Road.
LPLC anticipates closing on the properties to create the preserve by the end of March, 2017.
LPLC recently obtained agreements to acquire two parcels that will be combined into a single property for the preserve.
The property is in the southern portion of the Black Brook Forest, which is classified by the New York Natural Heritage Program as rare, sandy pine forest. In addition to conserving rare habitat, the property will also serve the greater community by including trails that connect the hamlet of Wilmington to nearby Wilmington Wild Forest tracts.
The Bark Eaters Trails Alliance (BETA), a non-profit organization dedicated to developing, maintaining and advocating for a diverse, sustainable and interconnected system of trails for ski touring and mountain biking in the greater Adirondack High Peaks Region has agreed to develop and maintain trails on the property.
“The recently approved trail plan for the Wilmington Wild Forest prioritized improved connections between the hamlet and the trail systems at the Flume and Marble Mountain.” BETA Executive Director Josh Wilson said in a statement announcing the new connector and preserve. “This community preserve will further that vision by allowing for a public connection between Wilmington and the popular trail system at Hardy Road. Connectivity between trail networks is the thing that turns good biking destinations into the best.” [Read more about BETA’s recent work here.]
The Wilmington Wild Forest consists a several non-contiguous forest preserve parcels totaling 13,231 acres that are within a ten-mile radius of the hamlet of Wilmington.
The Lake Placid Land Conservancy 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.
Photo of Wilmington Preserve, courtesy LPLC.