Merger results in the birth of Saratoga PLAN
Saratoga PLAN was formed in 2003 through a merger of the Saratoga Springs Open Space Project and the Land Trust of the Saratoga Region.
A 100-acre parcel on the side of Spruce Mountain is purchased by PLAN to help protect public access to the hiking trail leading up to the historic fire tower on the summit. This project was undertaken in partnership with members of the Adirondack Mountain Club and the generosity of many private donors. The parcel falls within the Adirondack Park.
Old Saratoga on the Hudson
Old Saratoga on the Hudson is a community based inter-municipal effort to develop a “Park” that connects a remarkable concentration of historical, scenic, natural, and recreational resources. The Hudson River is the connecting link among these resources in eastern Saratoga County and western Washington County. The geographic area that makes up Old Saratoga on the Hudson takes in some of the most beautiful, geologically important, and historically significant landscapes in our region. Old Saratoga on the Hudson is a natural complement to Saratoga PLAN’s mission of protecting our region’s scenic, natural, agricultural, and recreational resources.
The Galway Preserve is a 50-acre property that was willed to Saratoga PLAN in 1996 by Marshall Desroches, and was transferred to PLAN as a preserve in 2005. The Preserve boasts ponds, a stream, several trails designed by Marshall Desroches and a somewhat naturalized evergreen plantation. The land was used for agriculture until the early 1950s, when the Desroches family started a Christmas tree farm on the property as the remnant stands of pines and firs suggest.
Ballston Creek Preserve established and conservation easement placed on Peterson Property
The 33-acre Ballston Creek Preserve contains one mile of rugged, marked looping trails, and lies close to the nearby Zim Smith Trail. It is known for its views of Great Blue Heron rookery.
The Milton Preserve property is donated to Saratoga PLAN by Maryanna K. Milton
This preserve is primarily forested with Eastern white pine and American beech, and contains wetlands on portions of the property.
Saratoga County Green Infrastructure Plan
PLAN played a key role in bringing the need for a comprehensive Countywide planning effort to Saratoga County’s attention, with sustainability at the forefront. PLAN succeeded in effectively putting forth the desired components to be included in such an effort.
Green infrastructure is the deliberate creation of an interconnected system of natural lands, parks, waterways, and open spaces that can sustain Saratoga County’s environmental health, economy, and quality of life.