Conservation in Action: Support LPLC’s Community Preserve in Wilmington

By Lake Placid Land Conservancy

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The Lake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) plans to create a community preserve in the Town of Wilmington, New York, that will include two miles of recreational trails open to the public, and we need your help! The project will create a critical connector trail between the hamlet of Wilmington and the existing public land and trails on the Beaver Brook tract of the Wilmington Wild Forest located on Hardy Road.  All donations to this campaign are restricted to the acquisition and transitional costs associated with the purchase of the properties. LPLC anticipates closing on the properties to create the preserve by the end of March, 2017.

LPLC recently obtained agreements to acquire two parcels that will be combined into a single property for the preserve. The project was made possible in part by the very generous donation of land by Scott Avery of Wilmington. LPLC is very grateful for Avery’s donation, which not only ensures that the land is permanently protected, but will also allow for the creation a wonderful community forest preserve with trails that connect to nearby state lands. LPLC also has an agreement to purchase land adjacent to Avery’s property.

wilmington-preserve-photo-11-30-2016The property is in the southern portion of the Black Brook Forest, which is classified by the New York Natural Heritage Program as rare, sandy pine forest. In addition to conserving rare habitat and providing a corridor for wildlife movement in the area, the property will also serve the greater community by including trails that connect the hamlet of Wilmington, NY, to nearby Wilmington Wild Forest tracts.

Bark Eaters Trails Alliance (BETA) has agreed to develop and maintain trails on the property. BETA is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing, maintaining and advocating for a diverse, sustainable and interconnected system of trails for ski touring and mountain biking in the greater Adirondack High Peaks Region. “The recently approved trail plan for the Wilmington Wild Forest prioritized improved connections between the hamlet and the trail systems at the Flume and Marble Mountain.  This community preserve will further that vision by allowing for a public connection between Wilmington and the popular trail system at Hardy Road. Connectivity between trail networks is the thing that turns ‘good’ biking destinations into the ‘best’,” says Josh Wilson, Executive Director of BETA.

Wilmington Wild Forest consists a several non-contiguous forest preserve parcels totaling 13,231 acres that are within a ten-mile radius of the hamlet of Wilmington, NY. LPLC sees the project as a way to support ecotourism for the Town of Wilmington by significantly enhancing mountain biking opportunities between the Beaver Brook tract, the hamlet of Wilmington and the Whiteface/Marble Mountain tract. We are very excited for the opportunity to create a preserve in Wilmington that benefits the community while also fulfilling our conservation goals.

We hope you will help us in this effort!

 Located in Lake Placid, NY, the Lake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) is a 501(c)(3) not for profit land trust that partners with landowners and communities in the Ausable and Saranac River basins in the Adirondack Park to conserve important open spaces, viewsheds, wildlife habitats, water resources as well as recreational lands that create opportunities for people to enjoy the region’s natural beauty.

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