A family’s donation of land to the Adirondack Land Trust will protect part of a beloved vista of Pitchoff, Cascade and Porter Mountains in the town of Keene.
Howard and Darcy Fuguet, whose families have owned land in Keene since the early 1900s, donated 4.6 acres near the intersection of Routes 9N and 73, including 1,000 feet on the East Branch of the Ausable River. The Adirondack Land Trust will protect the land until its expected eventual transferred to New York State’s Adirondack Forest Preserve.
A sagging red barn that sat in the foreground of the scene succumbed in 2016, but a piece of the picture will remain intact, thanks to the generosity of the Fuguets. The Fuguet family, as stewards of this property for a century, wanted to preserve the resource for future generations. They live nearby and are keeping another 12 acres they own across the river, protected under a deed restriction that prevents building.
The land trust estimates it will cost the organization about $14,000 in costs before it is able to transfer the land to Forest Preserve.
For more information, visit Adirondack Land Trust’s website, email [email protected], or call (518) 576-2400.
Photo: The meadow at the intersection of Routes 73 and 9N in Keene, the property protected by the Adirondack Land Trust is at the back of the meadow, courtesy John DiGiacomo.