25-acre Keene preserve

Lake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) acquired 25 acres of Laurentian-Acadian pine, hemlock, and hardwood forest adjacent to the High Peaks Wilderness in Keene, N.Y. that was donated by Ed and Carolyn Fowler of Keene and Bloomfield, CT in December, 2016. Conservation of the property will permanently protect a variety of terrestrial and aquatic habitats, including a portion of a critical tributary to the headwaters of the East Branch of the Ausable River.

Under the terms of the donation, LPLC will eventually transfer the property to the State of New York for inclusion into the High Peaks Wilderness and the Adirondack forest preserve. Jeff Graff, Executive Director of LPLC commented, “we are so grateful for Ed and Carolyn’s donation of land. Their donation provides a great example of how LPLC can play a unique role in partnering with landowners and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to protect lands for eventual inclusion into the Adirondack forest preserve. Serving as an intermediary organization, LPLC was able to help the Fowlers achieve their conservation goals of ensuring their property will be protected until it is transferred to the state and incorporated into the Adirondack Park forest preserve.”

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Located in Lake Placid, N.Y., 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, view sheds, wildlife habitats, water resources as well as recreational lands that create opportunities for people to enjoy the region’s natural beauty.