Habitat slated for addition to Moreau Lake State Park
Moreau, NY — The Open Space Institute (OSI) today announced it is embarking on a habitat restoration project to support the endangered Karner Blue butterfly on a property it permanently protected earlier this year. The project, on land slated for addition to Moreau Lake State Park, will restore Karner Blue habitat to a condition suitable to support significant populations of the butterfly.
OSI’s “Smith Farm” property, has been federally recognized as an ideal location for Karner Blue butterfly habitat restoration by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The habitat restoration project will begin this month with the removal of White Pine, a tree that limits the growth of flowering Wild Blue Lupine, which is necessary to the Karner Blue’s life cycle.
OSI is undertaking this project in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission. Once this phase of the restoration is complete, the property is expected to be transferred from OSI to OPRHP as an addition to Moreau Lake State Park. The restoration work will continue, and the land will be open to the public for hiking and wildlife viewing.
“The Open Space Institute is enthusiastic to begin this project with the hope that we can welcome the Karner Blue butterfly back to the landscape,” said Kim Elliman, OSI president and CEO. “Projects like this give us hope for the future. Through land conservation and stewardship, we can save this tiny, beautiful species and enrich our lives by connecting to the wonders of nature.”