Froehlich Supports Conservancy’s Core Conservation Values

For Immediate Release: July 26, 2016

In support of its new Strategic Plan, the LGLC received more than $200,000 from long-time benefactor, the Helen V. Froehlich Foundation

Bolton Landing, New York – The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has received a grant of $200,250 from the Helen V. Froehlich Foundation in support of focused conservation projects and initiatives that will help protect the land that protects the lake forever.

The grant will be used on priority projects highlighted within the LGLC’s recently adopted Strategic Plan, which focuses on core conservation values that include: community partnerships to protect land and places that are important to the people who live and play in Lake George; and projects that protect land vital to protecting the water quality of Lake George as well as provide recreational opportunities, and protect habitat, viewshed, and historical and cultural resources.

Of the amount received, $82,000 will be used to support land protection efforts within the relatively undeveloped area of the Indian Brook watershed in Bolton.

An additional $82,000 will go towards several key parcels on the northeastern shore of the lake that will link the proposed ridgeline trail along South Mountain to the LGLC’s Last Great Shoreline and Gull Bay Preserves. New properties will also be added to the Preserves, increasing the acreage of protected wetlands and tributaries so as to protect water quality, as well as important wildlife habitat and hiking trails.

The LGLC is currently working to conserve a total of 470 acres in these two regions that will result in the immediate protection of the water quality of Lake George, as well as provide better access to state protected land, link trail systems, preserve a wetland complex, and create additional recreational opportunities. By working with willing landowners to ensure that sensitive lands are protected forever, the LGLC is making a substantial, lasting impact on the water quality of Lake George.

An additional $36,250 will enable LGLC staff to further the organization’s mission. The staff are responsible for managing over 35 miles of trails, monitoring easements, and working with landowners to protect sensitive lands.

“We are so grateful to the Froehlich Foundation for its generous support of our work,” stated LGLC Executive Director Jamie Brown. “They have been an important part of what we do for a long time, and helped us to make a real impact on the protection of Lake George They are making a real difference.”

The Helen V. Froehlich Foundation was created in 1993 with funds provided by the late Helen V. Froehlich to assist with the conservation and preservation of Lake George. The Lake George Land Conservancy is just one of several local organizations that benefit from the Foundation’s generosity. This most recent gift is the 22nd consecutive grant awarded to the LGLC by the Froehlich Foundation, a total of over $3 million.