State adds Dresden land to forest preserve

A sizable tract of land in Dresden has been given to the state by The Nature Conservancy.

Joe Martens, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, announced Tuesday that 156 acres on southern Lake Champlain will be added to the forest preserve.

Known as the Chubbs Dock property, the land features 2,140 feet of undeveloped shoreline and 70 acres of wetland communities that support rare plants and falls within an area that provides critical breeding, staging and migration habitat for thousands of waterfowl species.

“Chubbs Dock conserves excellent wildlife habitat along the narrow headwaters of Lake Champlain,” said Martens, in a release. “The property will be added to the forest preserve and serve as part of a travel corridor for wildlife between the Adirondack and Green Mountains.”

The Nature Conservancy, using funding through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s North American Wetland Conservation Act grant program, purchased the land for $500,000 in the fall of 2009. The property was then donated to the state in May.

“This is a great example of strategic, high leverage conservation work of regional and national importance,” said Michael Carr, executive director of the Conservancy’s Adirondack chapter.

“Not only is New York State keeping intact some of the largest wetlands on Lake Champlain, but doing it in a way that will also secure public access for hunting, fishing, boating, and wildlife-oriented recreation, all of which contribute to the state’s outdoor recreation economy.”

The grant used to make the initial purchase was supported by Washington County, which included a commitment to transfer an adjoining 283-acre tract on Maple Bend Island. Combined, the two transfers add a total of 439 acres to the state preserve.

Officials said the acquisition of Chubb’s dock will provide for new public access in an area where most of the shoreline is otherwise privately owned.

The NAWCA provides matching grant to organizations and individuals who have developed partnerships to carry out wetland conservation projects in North America.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Times in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Lakes Classifieds – 01/23/15

Northshire Freepress 01/23/15

Lakes Region Freepress 01/23/15

Weekender 01/23/15

Classifieds 01/21/14

Rivals speak on sports’ success

DSC_0075

By Derek Liebig When the Granville Board of Education decided last week to abandon the school district’s 30-year affiliation with […]

Landlord says he is remedying properties

S Williams Street

By Dan King A Queensbury man, who owns multiple properties in Whitehall, says he has been working on getting all […]

District to reevaluate schedule

DSC_0020

By Dan King Whitehall School District Superintendent Liz Legault said the district will begin working toward a new block schedule […]

Probation officers to carry firearms

Murphy, Jeff 2

By Derek Liebig In a split vote, the Washington County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution last week authorizing probation […]

Two close losses for boys’ hoops

The Whitehall boys’ basketball team lost two games by a combined nine points last week. On Friday evening, the Railroaders […]

No new leads in case of missing man

By Derek Liebig It’s been a year since Jonathan Schaff was last seen walking from a Main Street bar toward […]

Boys’ basketball downed by Hoosick Falls

Granville’s boys’ basketball team played one of its best halves of basketball but was unable to contain an undefeated Hoosick […]