Saratoga County acquisition protects land for clean drinking water and enables the creation of new snowmobile and hiking trails
Saratoga County, NY (June 27, 2018)—The Open Space Institute (OSI) today announced the acquisition of land in the Saratoga County towns of Edinburg and Providence that will permanently protect the watershed for the city of Amsterdam. Conservation of the “Hans Creek” property, named for a creek that flows through the northeast portion of the property and into the Sacandaga Reservoir, permanently protects the land within the watershed of the Steele and Ireland Vly reservoirs, including direct frontage along the Steele reservoir.
The Hans Creek property contains a well-established forest road network which will serve as the foundation of a property-wide trail system for both hiking and snowmobiling.
Purchased by OSI for $2.55 million, the 4,388-acre Hans Creek property is one of the largest contiguous, single ownership tracts of forested land left in the Southern Adirondacks. Located in the Southern Adirondack Foothills, the property offers expansive seasonal vistas of the Great Sacandaga Lake—one of the largest lakes in the Adirondack Park.
“The Open Space Institute is delighted to have protected this large, connected, and scenic landscape in the Southern Adirondacks. This significant acquisition is an accomplishment for OSI and critically important for the City of Amsterdam, whose residents will benefit from the clean, filtered water from this land for generations,” said Kim Elliman, president and CEO of OSI. “The newly protected land will also provide new recreational opportunities and spur greater visitation to the area.”
“Clean drinking water is critical to maintaining healthy communities. The City of Amsterdam applauds OSI’s acquisition of the Hans Creek property and its willingness in working towards securing a conservation easement for protection of Amsterdam’s water supply,” said Randy Gardinier, Chief Operator for the City of Amsterdam. “The City of Amsterdam is grateful that in prioritizing land conservation, OSI is also addressing the needs of local communities. By ensuring the city’s watershed is protected, we are taking important steps to increase security of a clean supply of drinking water now and in the future.”