OSI purchases over 600 acres adjacent to Lake Champlain for recreation, water protection
CHESTERFIELD, N.Y. — The Open Space Institute (OSI) announced today its acquisition of shoreline property on Lake Champlain to enhance recreational boating and mountaintop hiking opportunities while protecting local water quality, according to an OSI news release.
Easily identifiable 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 “Trembleau Mountain-Lake Champlain Shoreline” property was purchased by OSI for $500,000 from the Gellert family. It features more than 4,000 feet of Lake Champlain frontage and is also the scenic backdrop to Schuyler Island, a renowned day trip of area kayakers and boaters.
With regionally rare pitch pine populations, the property also provides habitat for regional wildlife, including nesting bald eagles, goshawks, grouse, turkeys and porcupine.
A railroad line separates the cobblestone lakefront from the inner part of the Trembleau Mountain-Lake Champlain Shoreline property. A network of forestry roads also threads through the property, providing opportunities for future trails. The peak of Trembleau Mountain will remain privately owned.
To protect the land, OSI worked with the Lake Champlain Land Trust (LCLT), a regional land trust that has been protecting natural areas on both sides of Lake Champlain for over three decades.
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 to help resolve the Township 40 issue. As part of that resolution, New York State recently announced the acquisition of Marion River Carry, a 296-acre property in the Adirondacks.
— Open Space Institute