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2013 Annual Report


Saratoga PLAN thanks its 2014 Business Partners

Partnerships between the non-profit and business sector buiild communities that are great places to live, work, and visit. Together, we are realizing that conservation strengthens our economy, health, natural resources, creating a community with an exceptional quality of life.














Ballston Spa High School Interact Club

Peter R. Brooks, CIMA, CFM

Cantina Restaurant

Colley Asset Management, Inc.

The D. A. Collins Companies


Greenfield Manufacturing, Inc.

H & N Bovine

Linell Lands, Inc.

Miller Printing

Racing City Realty, Inc.

Saratoga National Bank & Trust

SKS Bottle & Packaging, Inc.

Sneeringer Monahan Provost Redgrave Title Agency

Stewart's Shops

Walter Borisenok Family Foundation


Without the continued support of community-minded businesses and organizations like these we wouldn’t be

able to continue our work conserving the quality of life,

natural beauty, natural resources, and local economy of Saratoga County

. Year after year, Saratoga PLAN strives to continue to achieve more conservation to further enhance our communities, and we need your help!

For more information on becoming a business sponsor, contact


Looking for information on the Saratoga Springs Greenbelt Trail Project?  click here


There's a MAP for that!

Did you know? Saratoga County trails are now mapped and available online in a variety of formats for your walking, hiking, rolling, riding, biking, running, skiing, snowshoeing pleasure! 

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to trails in the county

Special thanks to the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce,

the Saratoga County Planning Department,

and Christopher Ferraro, former Saratoga PLAN intern extraordinaire,

for gathering the data for the trail maps.

Like Treasure Hunts? 

Try Letterboxing!

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Saratoga PLAN is a nonprofit land trust that works to preserve the rural character, natural habitats and scenic beauty of Saratoga County so that these irreplaceable assets are accessible to all and survive for future generations. We help landowners conserve their farmland, woodlands and natural habitats. We connect people to nature through an extensive trail network and 12 public nature preserves, for hiking, biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and kayaking.

Saratoga PLAN helps communities create plans that balance growth with conservation to sustain the Saratoga Region as a great place to live, work, visit and farm.

Our Nature Preserves are open to the public from dawn to dusk.


                                             Please help support land conservation in Saratoga County

Saratoga PLAN Presents

Peaks to Creeks

A Two-Part Outing Series

Part One of our Peaks to Creeks series:

Guided Hike at Hadley Mountain
Saturday, August 2nd

Enjoy a family-friendly hike through some of Saratoga County's most scenic uplands; learning about forest regeneration after fires as you hike through woodlands that contain bare rock patches.

We will be climbing the Western Ridge, and then will head North to the summit where we see the fire tire and will enjoy extensive views of Sacandaga Lake.

This is a moderately strenuous hike of several miles over rocky terrain and with sections of steep climbing. Sturdy footwear and hiking poles are recommended.
Bring water and a lunch to enjoy as we rest at the top of Hadley Mountain.

Directions from Saratoga Springs: From Saratoga, take Rte 9N going north. When you reach the village of Lake Luzerne, turn left at first light onto East River Drive. Turn left onto Bridge Street. Turn right onto Stony Creek Rd (CR1). After 3 miles, turn left onto Hadley Hill Rd. Continue for 4 miles. Turn right onto Tower Rd (gravel road). The parking area is on the left after 1.5 miles.

This hike is capped at 15 people so please RSVP to

This event is open to the public and free to attend though donations are appreciated.


Part Two of our Peaks to Creeks series:

Guided Paddle of the Upper Hudson River
Saturday, August 9th

Participants will join staff and volunteer leader Lorraine Skibo on a leisurely 5.5 mile paddle on a beautiful flat-water reach of the River. This section is dammed at both ends and boasts an undeveloped, forested shoreline.

This is an easy paddle, for canoe or kayak. Please bring a PFD, appropriate paddles, sunscreen, bug spray, bag lunch

and water.



Directions from Saratoga Springs: Go north on Route 9. Where Route 9 meets Ballard Rd., turn LEFT at this traffic light onto Corinth Mountain Road. Go over the mountain (2.9 miles), and at the first stop sign turn RIGHT onto Spier Falls Rd. Follow Spier Falls Rd. for 3.4 miles to the Sherman Island Boat Launch Site. Turn into the drive and follow it a short distance to a parking area near the boat launch.

This paddle is capped at 10 boats so please RSVP to

This event is free and open to the public - donations always welcome.






          Save the Date

          Thursday September 11, 2014

          5:00 to 8:30 pm

             Saratoga National Golf Club


              Check out our Feast blog

              for all the latest on this

              unique culinary event




Saratoga PLAN’s 2013 landscape study used updated data and modelling for aerial photos, land uses, groundwater recharge, wildlife habitat, natural community integrity, stream quality, agricultural suitability, planned trail networks, predicted development growth patterns, grey infrastructure, conserved lands, and other factors. The maps and analyses will help us better evaluate and rank places and properties for future conservation investments.

The landscape analysis project was funded by the NYS Conservation Partnership Program, the Community Foundation of the Greater Capital Region, NYS Council on the Arts, and the PCLB Foundation.

Kirstin Seleen, of Seleen Associates in Glens Falls, provided outstanding service and expertise as the project consultant.

click for link to maps and downloadable PDF files