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Citizen Science Monitoring Program

The Lake Placid Land Conservancy developed a Citizen Science Monitoring Program to engage landowners and communities and increase awareness about the ecology and conservation of private lands in Adirondack communities in the Ausable and Saranac River watersheds.

Our goal is to offer interested and qualified landowners the opportunity to enroll in a program that will provide them with a written evaluation and assessment  of their property’s habitat and natural resources, and will also support them with implementing citizen science monitoring protocols. These protocols will allow them to gather important information about their property’s unique conservation values, such as monitoring for pollinators, wildlife, invasive species, and birds. Additionally, the program will provide landowners with the opportunity to connect with a network of landowners and conservation organizations involved in voluntary, conservation monitoring.

 It’s a Group Effort!

We will support you in monitoring your land using traditional citizen science methods, but we tailored this program to specifically work one-on-one with you on your property. Monitoring allows you to track the benefits of your management activities and also allows you to share what you learn about your land’s natural resources and wildlife features with your friends, family, community, and beyond.

AdkPollinatorProject.FarmersMarketOutreach.June2017We partner with state and local agencies, researchers and conservation organizations to create a better database of species and habitat within the Adirondacks. Partnership monitoring allows you to get involved with conservation issues in your community that may benefit research efforts at a larger scale.

We have also partnered with AdkAction, The Wild Center, and Common Ground Gardens to form the Adirondack Pollinator Project. This initiative focuses on build understanding about the global and local importance of pollinators, and to empower people to take individual and collective action to help pollinators thrive. One of LPLC’s goals in the project is to expand the reach of our citizen science monitoring program and initiate more citizen science involvement with local landowners, businesses, organizations, and schools.

Our Approach

IMG_0461We designed a Citizen Science Monitoring Program that listens to the conservation management needs and interests of landowners and contribute to a broader understanding of the ecology of private lands of Adirondack communities.

As part of the program’s development in 2016, LPLC mapped critical ecological,  political and economic features of private lands in the region using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The mapping information was shared with landowners, community leaders, local governments and other community organizations at LPLC’s  community conservation workshops.

The multi-phase development of LPLC’s conservation monitoring program is designed to not only engage landowners and understand issues affecting continued conservation of private lands in the Adirondacks, but over time, support conservation needs and interests of landowners and communities within LPLC’s focus areas by creating a network of landowners actively engaged in conservation monitoring.

Focus Areas

Lake Placid Land Conservancy is initially focusing its monitoring efforts on three regions within the Saranac River and Ausable River watersheds. These Focus Areas include Lake Placid, the East Branch of the Ausable River and Saranac Lake. The three focus areas are highlighted in the map below.

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Lake Placid

The Lake Placid focus area contains lands within North Elba, including lands along Lake Placid and the West Branch of the Ausable River. Lake Placid Land Conservancy currently holds two conservation easement within this focus area. View our Lake Placid focus area maps here.

East Branch of the Ausable River

This focus area includes communities along the East Branch of the Ausable River, including Upper and Lower Jay, Keene and Keene Valley. Lake Placid Land Conservancy holds one conservation easement within this focus area. View our East Branch of the Ausable River focus area maps here.

Saranac Lake

The Saranac Lake focus area comprises lands within the Saranac River watershed and includes lands surrounding the Village of Saranac Lake. View our Saranac River Basin Communities focus area maps here.

Enrollment Process

Interested landowners have the opportunity to enroll in LPLC’s Citizen Science Monitoring Program anytime!


We want to work with you to determine how we can best achieve your conservation and stewardship goals. We will help you access land management resources and information about stewardship options. We will first meet with you to discuss your conservation goals and objectives. Once enrolled, we will evaluate your property using currently available GIS data. We will then visit your property to “ground truth” our evaluation and work with you to develop a plan where you monitor  pollinators, birds, mammals, invasive species, or all of the above, on your property. When possible, we will also make land use and management recommendations that may create more opportunities for wildlife to visit your property.

Assessments and Evaluation 

File_000 (8)Evaluations and assessments of your land and will include development of a GIS (Geographic Information System) analysis of your land’s habitat and resources as well as sets of inventories.  We will evaluate the suitability of your property for monitoring and make recommendations based on our findings. Our recommendations for monitoring will also be based on your management goals and objectives as well as your property’s conservation values and your interests involved in monitoring for pollinators, wildlife, invasive species, and birds. Once our recommendation is made, we will work with you to implement the monitoring protocols. Our goal is to facilitate continued engagement in land stewardship activities.

Want to learn more?

Contact us and we will be happy to talk about our conservation monitoring program in more detail.