MOREAU, NY (Jan. 4, 2019) - Building on more than three decades of protecting land in Saratoga County, the Open Space Institute (OSI) today announced the acquisition of land in the town of Moreau that will permanently protect a scenic, forested parcel for public enjoyment and recreation. Easily accessible, the property is located off of the Northway (Route 87).
The newly protected property is adjacent to Moreau Lake State Park and it is expected that the land will be added to the park using Environmental Protection Funding (EPF). Once the transfer is complete, OSI will have helped State Parks triple the size of Moreau Lake State Park.
The 890-acre “Smith Farm” acquisition was purchased by OSI for $1.4 million from Finch Pruyn Timberlands. Located along the Hudson River, the property features more than two miles of river frontage. It is comprised of forest and wetland and is directly across the river from Hudson Pointe Preserve, which OSI also protected.
“Moreau Lake State Park is a breathtaking, natural landscape where individuals and families can enjoy nature’s bounty—dense forests, rocky ridges, and sparkling lakes. OSI has been vested in protecting this landscape for more than 20 years,” said Kim Elliman, president and CEO of OSI. “With the conservation of the Smith Farm property, OSI continues to cultivate a partnership with the community of Saratoga County that will serve the wildlife, residents, and visitors of the community for years to come.”