Thursday, June 18, 2020

Saratoga’s Palmertown Range subject of 4-Part Miniseries

Saratoga PLAN has partnered with the Saratoga Film Academy and the Open Space Institute to release a four-part film series about the Palmertown Range Project. The 4 part mini-series was directed and produced by Jon Dorflinger of the Saratoga Film Academy and will feature the Palmertown Range’s winding woodland trails, its storefronts and businesses near its range, and how the trail system will benefit the economy, conservation efforts, recreation, and development within Saratoga County. The first film will cover the overall vision of the range while the following films will focus on a particular aspect of the range: Conservation, Recreation, and Economic Development.

“From protecting water quality to linked trail systems to maple sugaring, the series shows how conservation and various types of land use can be beneficially interwoven,” Says PLAN’s community engagement manager Alex Fylypovych.

The videos will be three to 7 minutes each and featured on Facebook and YouTube at 9 p.m. on Monday nights. Once the videos air, they will be available on the Saratoga PLAN’s website as well. A trailer for the series is available here.

The release schedule for the videos is as follows:





The series will end in an informal Q&A session with various partners on the project. This session will take place on Monday, July 13 at 7 p.m.

The Palmertown Range project area encompasses 40,500 acres within the southern Palmertown Mountain range. It is located in Saratoga County. The vision for the Palmertown Range is to establish the area as a regional recreation destination & bolster its economic development while conserving critically important natural resources.

The project began more than a decade ago, and has grown into a collaboration between local and state governmental entities, non-profits, and academic institutions.

With the recent addition of over 2,000 acres, the Palmertown Range currently contains over 8,000 acres of protected lands.

To find more details about the Palmertown Range Project, please visit: To view the Palmertown Range Facebook page click here:

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  1. Stan Scharf says:

    In 1866, Albrecht Pagenstecher, a German immigrant living in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, together with his brother Rudolf, bought two German-made Keller-Voelter grinders. As stated by Albrecht Pagenstecher himself:[5][6] on March 5, 1867, in nearby Curtisville, he was the first in the United States to manufacture commercially viable ‘groundwood’ wood pulp. He sold the pulp to the Smith Paper Company which on March 8, 1867 produced commercial newsprint paper.[5][7] Pagenstecher made his pulp out of aspen or “popple” and soon the supply of available popple ran out.[8] The New York World reluctantly cancelled its contract for the newsprint, which the Smith Paper Company of Lee, Massachusetts was making from this new woodpulp.[6] In despair, Pagenstecher returned to Saxony and asked Heinrich Voelter what he could do.[9] “We too have run out of popple,” was the reply, “but we are using spruce. Have you any spruce in America?” To this Pagenstecher could only reply, “I do not know, but I’ll find out.”

    Cornell Professor of Forest Management, and a leader and consultant to the pulp and paper industry, Arthur Bernhard Recknagel[10] (1906 graduate of Yale forestry school; at Cornell from 1913–1943; forester and executive secretary of Empire State Forest Products Association[11][12] from 1917–1948), used to tell how his uncle, Albrecht Pagenstecher[9][13] returned home from Saxony and, fortunately, asked his friend, Senator Warren Miller, who suggested that they go to **Saratoga Springs and make inquiries there for *spruce. From Saratoga they drove to Luzerne, at the confluence of the Hudson and Sacandaga Rivers, and learned that spruce was abundantly available in these watersheds.

    Hudson River Pulp & Paper Mills:
    Albrecht Pagenstecher and his friend Senator Warren Miller’s trip resulted in the Hudson River Pulp & Paper Company which started making groundwood and newsprint in 1869 at Palmer (Corinth), New York, near Luzerne.[18]

    Following its acquisition by the ‘International Paper Company’ in 1898, the Hudson River facility became the firm’s “flagship mill” and site of its principal office.[19] Pagenstecher served on International Paper’s Board of Directors.[20][21]

    After World War II, Hudson River millworkers developed and perfected the production of coated papers for International Paper. In November 2002, shifting economic forces resulted in the mill’s closure; nine years later, in 2011, it was slated for demolition.[22] [23][24]