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LGLC Block Party and Annual Meeting
August 14, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pmFree
Join us at Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center in Bolton Landing on August 14th as we thank YOU for all you have done to help us protect the land that protects the lake! This event and its activities are free, though food will be available to purchase. Registration is not required. This is a rain-or-shine event (activities may be modified in case of rain).
Rob Davies, Director of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest and Lands Division
Rob oversees the many DEC staff who are responsible for protecting land for the State and caring for that land. He is a trained forester, so he understands the importance of protecting and caring for land and particularly forests to protect water quality. Rob will discuss some of the State’s new initiatives and programs related to land protection and partnerships with land trusts such as the LGLC and how these new partnerships can help to reduce the negative effects of climate change, protect more forests and water quality, and better manage invasive forest pests.
Dr. Mark Whitmore, Forest Entomologist with the Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University
Mark will be updating everyone as to the progress of the fight against the many invasive forest pests that have descended on Lake George and what we can do to stay on the alert for new invaders. He will focus on hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), including his groundbreaking new research using eDNA that offers new hope in the effort to manage HWA as this tool is able to track both pest and the bugs that eat it.
11 am – 2 pm • Ongoing
Food and drinks for purchase from Say Cheez 518 Food Truck
Live music by High Peaks Bluegrass
Free activities for kids and adults: Birds of prey with Wildlife Rehabilitator Nancy Kimball; Hands-on stream display with Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District; Nature crafts, lawn games, giveaways; PLUS self-guided exhibits, butterfly house, children’s nature museum, pond exploration, and hiking trails to explore on your own!
11 am – noon • Annual Meeting with Guest Speakers
In addition to hearing from our guest speakers (above), LGLC staff and directors will provide brief updates including conservation, stewardship, and outreach accomplishments, and financial status of the 2021 fiscal year. This will be outside; chairs will be set up on the parking area outside the auditorium.
1 pm • Guided Hike
Approx. 1 mile gradual hike through the woods to a fantastic view of Lake George.
We want this event to be safe and fun for everyone. All activities will be held outside, with tables or chairs spread out as much as possible. However, due to the rising cases of COVID-19, especially in Warren County, we will also ask the following of all attendees:
• Do not attend if you are feeling ill. If you develop COVID-like symptoms within 14 days after the event, notify the LGLC immediately.
• Maintain a six-foot distance from other attendees outside of your household; if this is not possible, as in the case of hands-on and educational activities, please wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.
• We encourage all attendees to bring their own masks and hand sanitizer, but LGLC will also have both hand sanitizer and disposable masks on hand.