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2013 Annual Report

Saratoga PLAN is applying for accreditation through the Land Trust Alliance this year. The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The public comment period is now open: you are welcome to provide comments about our work that you feel would be helpful to the accreditation commission.

 

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. Saratoga PLAN has worked hard over the past many years to continuously improve our internal policies and procedures and implement the Land Trust Alliance’s Standards and Practices, and we welcome this independent review of our accomplishments. Receiving national accreditation would affirm our organization as meeting national standards of excellence, help to build support for land conservation in the region, and strengthens public perception of land trusts.

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Saratoga PLAN complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see www.landtrustaccreditation.org/getting-accredited/indicator-practices.

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org

Comments may also be faxed to (518) 587-3183 or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn:  Public Comments; 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Comments on Saratoga PLAN’s application will be most useful if received by May 31, 2014.

 

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.

 

CONSERVATIONIST

RBC Blue Water Project

 

BARNRAISER

Saratoga Casino & Raceway

 

CULTIVATORS

Cantina Restaurant

The D. A. Collins Companies

Greenfield Manufacturing, Inc.

H & N Bovine

Linell Lands, Inc.

Racing City Realty, Inc.

Saratoga National Bank & Trust

Stewart's Shops

Walter S. Borisenok Family Foundation

Without the continued support of community-minded businesses 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 Emily@saratogaplan.org

 

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

Donate to the Saratoga Springs

Greenbelt Trail Project 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! 

click for link

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!

(click for link)

 

       

                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Next Trails Committee Meeting

Saratoga PLAN

Countywide Trail Committee Meeting

Wednesday April 30th

6:00 pm

Saratoga County Planning Office

West High Street, Ballston Spa

 

Hope you all can make it!

I am out walking on the trails - there are a number of grant possibilities that will be due in the next several months.  The Champlain Canalway is moving forward, DEC is working on access to the Spruce Mt Fire Tower, the Saratoga Springs Greenbelt Trail is moving into public meetings and hearings before the City Council and the Mohawk Trail had an important planning meeting in Latham and are moving forward on other fronts! 

 

Send an agenda item, come to report out, join with the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors in moving the

countywide trail network forward!

 

Julie Stokes, Chair

Saratoga PLAN County Wide Trails Committee

www.saratogaplan.org

 

Guided Hike at Moreau Lake State Park

Saturday, May 3rd  10:00am

Led by Jackie Donnelly

  

Enjoy a hike through some of Saratoga County's most scenic woodlands, containing mountain-ledge overlooks and an isolated bog-shore lake.  We will be climbing up the Western Ridge Trail in Moreau Lake State Park (starting at the spring trailhead on Spier Falls Road), and after pausing to enjoy extensive views of the Hudson Valley, we will continue on a second trail to the shores of Lake Ann high in the Palmertown Mountains. 

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 a lean-to on the shores of Lake Ann.

This hike is capped at 15 people so please RSVP to Agillcrist@saratogaplan.org.

The Event is open to the public and free to attend though donations are appreciated.

Directions from Saratoga Springs:  North on US Rte. 9 to the intersection with Ballard and Corinth Mountain Roads. 

Turn west (left) onto Corinth Mountain Rd.  to go over Mt. McGregor.  After descending the other side of the mountain,

turn right at the stop sign onto Spier Falls Rd.  Continue on Spier Falls Rd. approximately one mile to a small parking area on the right side of the road.  Parking space is limited, so car-pooling is recommended.

 

Fridays on the Trail 2014

A series of family walks

 

  

Get out and enjoy nature with your kids.

We will walk on land conserved and maintained by Saratoga PLAN. Walking children, babies in slings, toddlers in strollers, all welcome.

All hikes start at 10am.  We will cancel for rain.

To register, please call J'Mae @ (518) 567-9527

Friday March 21st  

Orra Phelps Nature Preserve

Friday March  28th  

Bog Meadow Spur Trail

Friday April 4th 

Rowland Hollow Nature Preserve

Friday April 11th   

Galway Nature Preserve

Friday April 18th

Railroad Run Trail

Friday April 25th

Coldbrook Nature Preserve

Friday May 9th

Spring Run Trail

 

THE LANDSCAPE OF SARATOGA COUNTY

MAPPPING PROJECT AND ANALYSES

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