BOLTON LANDING -- The Lake George Land Conservancy has purchased a 159-acre property overlooking Lake George that includes Wing Pond, land that will probably be transferred to the state to become part of the Lake George Wild Forest.
The property includes 750 feet of a tributary that flows into Northwest Bay and about 15 acres of wooded and open wetlands, including Wing Pond itself. Land Conservancy spokeswoman Sarah Hoffman said the land was bought from Clarence Linder in December for $411,000.
The land won't immediately be opened to the public, but it adjoins the state's Pole Hill Pond Forest Preserve, which is part of the Lake George Wild Forest. If the state acquires it, it would be open to the public.
"The state has expressed interest in taking it," Hoffman said.
In announcing the acquisition, the conservancy said the deal protects a stream corridor. Part of the former Loins estate, it was once clear-cut and, in recent times, has been selectively logged. It is also on the western edge of identified timber rattlesnake habitat.
“The conservation of this land has been a priority for the LGLC for many years,” said conservancy Executive Director Jamie Brown. “It was a pleasure working with Mr. Linder on the conservation of this land that he so obviously loves and wanted to see protected.”
The conservancy also announced it has received a donation of 15 acres in the town of Fort Ann from Susan Moody.
That land is on the southeast shoulder of Sugar Loaf Mountain, at the south end of the Pilot Knob ridgeline. Mostly forested, the property also contains a portion of a small stream and some vernal pools.
The Lake George Land Conservancy either directly or with partners has permanently protected more than 10,000 acres of Lake George wilderness and 6.5 miles of lake shoreline through purchases, land donations and conservation easements.