March 27, 2020 A message to our community
The current situation has reminded us all of the importance of the outdoors. These special places offer us fresh air, peace, and a sense of normalcy and calm. For over 30 years, the Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has protected the land that protects the lake and today, thanks to you, this land is providing yet another important service to the community in addition to protecting water quality, habitat, and iconic views. LGLC parks and preserves have been crowded with people seeking the benefit of our protected land.
These unusual times call for all of us to change the ways in which we are used to acting. Normally, we would encourage everyone to come to Lake George to use and enjoy our land. However, due to the nature of the health issue and based on the advice from sources such as the CDC, WHO, and New York Governor’s office, we now offer a different message.
Please enjoy the outdoors, take a walk or hike, and exercise, but do so locally and practice social distancing. The State, local towns and many partner land trusts have wonderful preserves and parks throughout New York, as do other areas. Keep in mind that currently there are very limited services available within the Lake George area. This includes Forest Rangers, who are being used for emergency situations related to COVID-19 throughout the State. Furthermore, many of the LGLC and DEC trails are far from ideal right now, with icy and muddy conditions on most popular trails.
So please, enjoy local, low-risk, and individual outdoor activities for now. If you are currently local to Lake George and do utilize our preserves, avoid crowded parking lots, respect other hikers and keep your distance, and be very aware of trail conditions to minimize risk.
We welcome you to share your experiences with us on Facebook, with the hastags #HikeLakeGeorge and #HikeLocalLG. Together, we will get through these times and all be back on the LGLC trails enjoying the place that we all love.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
LGLC Executive Director