July 27, 2016 LGLC 2016 Annual Meeting: NYS Assembly Member Dan Stec, Robert Kafin, Esq. Highlight Importance of Lake Protection
For immediate release: July 27, 2016
Bolton Landing, NY – The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) held its Annual Meeting Friday, July 22 at the Bolton Conservation Club in Bolton Landing. Fifty-five people were in attendance to hear about the LGLC’s conservation and program updates. In addition, New York State Assemblyman Dan Stec, and Adirondack Council Chairman Robert Kafin, Esq., gave keynote speeches highlighting the unique and remarkable resource of Lake George to the local region.
Executive Director, Jamie Brown, began the meeting by announcing that the LGLC had protected a total of 600 acres in their fiscal year of 2016.
“Protecting 600 acres is equivalent to the prevention of building 60 new houses…60 new garages, 60 new driveways.” said Brown. “All things that could impact the health of lake.”
The LGLC does not advocate against development, rather it works with willing landowners to protect sensitive lands and promote sustainable building practices that have minimal impact on the lake’s water quality. Brown also stressed the importance of the LGLC’s partnerships with other entities to protect the lake.
Assemblyman Dan Stec spoke about his work keeping the protection of Lake George relevant in the New York State Assembly. He has voted for increased Environmental Protection Funds specifically to continue the fight against aquatic invasive species. Stec also recognized the LGLC on a successful Hike-A-Thon event where he and his family hiked Cook Mountain for the first time.
Robert Kafin convinced the crowd that environmentalism is not devoid of economic development. Kafin cited that hypothetically Lake George could be used for multiple streams of economic activity, including logging, hydro-electricity, residential houses and many other avenues. However, the lake is kept pristine and a center of tourism for those who admire its beauty.
“We are fortunate to have a special place such as Lake George,” said Kafin.
Presentations were made for the LGLC’s Apperson Society and the awards for the organization’s volunteers of the year.
A bronze Apperson Society medal was presented to Dr. Kin Tsu and the Tsu Family, represented by Mrs. Gigi Tsu and her son Chris, for their generous
donation of a lakefront property, known as Eagle’s Mare, in Putnam.
Eagle’s Mare, now known as the Tsu Family Preserve on the Last Great Shoreline, is a 6-acre parcel contiguous to the LGLC’s Last Great Shoreline Preserve and contains 255 feet of Lake shoreline.
The LGLC Stewardship Volunteer of the Year was Lake George resident Tim Noble for his work maintaining the LGLC’s numerous trails systems. Administrative Volunteer of the Year award was presented to LGLC Board Member and Bolton resident Debbie Hoffman for the countless hours she contributes to the organization’s events and development initiatives.
Brown concluded the meeting by suggesting that the new year will bring many new projects and opportunities for supporters and partners to help make a lasting, substantial impact on the water quality of Lake George.