Shoreland Purchase Protects Recreation & Water
The Open Space Institute (OSI) recently announced acquisition of shoreline property on Lake Champlain to enhance recreational boating and mountaintop hiking opportunities while protecting local water quality. Easily seen from western Vermont and the city of Burlington, the property also offers views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains to the east, and the Adirondack High Peaks to the north and west. The property features more than 4,000 feet of Lake Champlain frontage and is also the scenic backdrop to Schuyler Island, a renowned day trip for area kayakers and boaters. With regionally rare pitch pine populations, the property also provides habitat for wildlife, including nesting bald eagles, goshawks, grouse, turkeys and porcupine. The 618-acre parcel is part of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's overall plan to ensure a net conservation benefit by acquiring at least 1,400 additional acres of property throughout the Adirondack Park for inclusion in the Forest Preserve. Thanks to OSI and our friends at the Lake Champlain Land Trust for protecting this special section of the watershed. Read more here.