Greenfield, NY (May 28, 2020)— The Open Space Institute (OSI) today announced the acquisition of a property in the Town of Greenfield that is critical to the creation of a 13-mile recreational green corridor in the southern portion of the Palmertown Range.
The newly protected 84-acre “Greentree Lake Addition” property features woodlands, wetlands, and an open pond, and has significant value for habitat protection. Adjacent to OSI’s previous “Greentree Lake” acquisition, the two properties will now establish 350 acres of protected land connected to Lincoln Mountain State Forest and have the potential to serve as a new, southern access point for the forest.
“Protecting the land is a key step forward in creating a recreational trail connecting Saratoga Spa and Moreau Lake State Parks,” said Kim Elliman, president and CEO of the Open Space Institute. “With access to trails and open space at a premium, it is critical that we continue to move forward and support projects that boost community recreation, transportation, and health.”
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “The Open Space Institute is helping to preserve another special piece of New York’s natural beauty. With outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers flocking to New York’s great outdoors like never before, it is critical to make strategic investments that support smart growth, enhance recreational opportunities, and boost local economies without sacrificing wildlife protections. DEC applauds OSI’s acquisition of the 84-acre Greentree Lake Addition in the Adirondack foothills that will ensure future generations have the opportunity to explore and experience all the beauty these lands have to offer.”
The Greentree Lake Addition property is a key linkage in the center of the Southern Palmertown Range recreational corridor, a proposed 13-mile trail that will ultimately connect Moreau Lake and Saratoga Spa State Parks. OSI’s acquisition presents one of the only opportunities to connect the recreation corridor through a developed area and will eventually provide community access to the Palmertown Range recreational corridor.
Kim Elliman added, “OSI’s protection of the Greentree Lake Addition property builds on community momentum to protect land and create trails in Saratoga County. The project highlights the importance of strong partnerships with local land trusts and surrounding communities in achieving long-term conservation goals.”
“OSI’s acquisition is another conservation win for protecting this landscape so that the growing population on the Range’s edges can enjoy a wilderness experience within easy access of their homes,” said Maria Trabka, Executive Director of Saratoga PLAN. “In addition to endless recreational opportunities, the Palmertown Range provides climate resilient habitat, replenishes our clean drinking waters, streams and lakes, and fosters a sustainable forestry industry.”
In 2017, OSI, in partnership with Saratoga PLAN and local partners created the Southern Palmertown Range Community Conservation and Recreation Strategy, a conservation and recreation road map for the sector of the Adirondack Foothills that runs from the Hudson River at the northern edge of Saratoga County, to the City of Saratoga Springs in the south. The Strategy is a blueprint that identifies conservation corridors and recreational areas that, if protected, will create regional connectivity, bolster the recreational and forest economy in Saratoga County, and increase public access to trails.