Tuesday, 23 April 2013 10:24

Saratoga P.L.A.N. Opens the Coldbrook Preserve

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Left to Right: Christine McKnight, former land owner tells the project history while Maria Trabka, Saratoga PLAN, Executive Director, Edgar King, Kings Ransom Farm and Katie Petronis, Chairperson, Saratoga PLAN Board of Directors look on. Left to Right: Christine McKnight, former land owner tells the project history while Maria Trabka, Saratoga PLAN, Executive Director, Edgar King, Kings Ransom Farm and Katie Petronis, Chairperson, Saratoga PLAN Board of Directors look on.

NORTHUMBERLAND – On April 22, Saratoga P.L.A.N. (P.L.A.N.) opened the 65-acre Coldbrook Preserve in the Town of Northumberland. The Preserve, located off Homestead Road, includes a mile of public trails that meander through a beautifully wooded area that includes overlooks of the Cold Brook. While the public is invited to walk, ski, snowshoe, and learn about the outdoors on the new trails, all pets must be leashed.

The Coldbrook Preserve project balances recreational access and sensitive land conservation as the area is a known buffer to habitat for the threatened Blanding’s turtle. The wooded trail system invites people to safely explore the Preserve while the wetland soils around the Creek provide potential nesting habitat for rare turtles, as well as other wildlife, and the large undeveloped area helps protect the water quality and wetlands surrounding the Cold Brook. Future plans include connecting the Coldbrook Preserve trails to other conserved lands owned by the State, the County and Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park.

The property was purchased from Jim and Christine McKnight whose dream it was to preserve the property and provide public access. The trails were designed by a group from Leadership Saratoga’s Class of 2011, while an active group of volunteer stewards help P.L.A.N. keep them in good order. Eagle Scout Drew Pelchar finished his 2012 Eagle Project by completing the construction of a bridge on the Preserve so the trail could safely cross the Cold Brook. Kings Ransom Farm helped with excavation and backfilling for the project, while Stone Bridge Iron & Steel provided materials for the bridge.

Financial support for the project came from RBC Wealth Management, the NYS Environmental Protection Fund, the Town of Northumberland and many individual donors.

“The Coldbrook Preserve is P.L.A.N.’s 13th public Preserve and we are proud to offer public access while protecting an important wildlife area,” said Maria Trabka, Executive Director, “We look forward to connecting this Preserve to other nearby conservation areas.”

For more information, visit www.saratogaplan.org or call (518) 587-5554.

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