The Lake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) has received a $26,000 grant to complete a management plan and develop public access improvements at their recently acquired Three Sisters Preserve in the Town of Wilmington.
After closing, the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) constructed a 1.5-mile trail on the Preserve to connect the hamlet area of Wilmington to Hardy Road. This trail provides an off-road connection between the Flume Trails, the hamlet and the popular mountain bike trails in the DEC Wilmington Wild Forest Beaver Brook Tract along Hardy Road.
The grant funding is expected to help the land trust develop goals and objectives for the preserve, map the property and surrounding areas, develop trail plans and maps, conduct public outreach, install trail-head kiosks and other interpretive and informational material, and complete a habitat assessment and forest management plan. The plan is expected to be developed with the Town of Wilmington, BETA, and nearby residents. A public meeting to present the plan and receive comments is expected.
The land trust established the 98-acre Three Sisters Preserve in 2017 through a donation from Scott Avery on Hardy Road, and through the purchase of a neighboring parcel on Quaker Mountain Road. A $25,000 gift from an anonymous donor and a $50,000 grant from Open Space Institute supported acquisition of the fee parcel.
The New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) Transaction Grant was announced by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Land Trust Alliance.
Photo of Three Sisters Preserve provided.