With all of the astounding Adirondack peaks, tourists can sometimes overlook the mountainous gems located right next to Lake George, and French Mountain is no exception. French Mountain is a treasured local spot that recently became in danger of losing more than 300 acres of pristine land to development.
Lake George Land Conservancy Fights Back
Wanting to protect French Mountain’s beautiful nature, Lake George Land Conservancy recently agreed to purchase the property for half of a million dollars to sell at a discounted price to the towns of Lake George and Queensbury. The Conservancy will sell the land for $134,000, which will be split equally between the two towns. This purchase is one of many conservation efforts across the local area.
Recreational Use of French Mountain
The two towns plan to develop hiking and bicycling trails on the new property to prevent future development of the landscape. The towns also hope to create a parking area with a trailhead, along with a pavilion and outdoor classroom due to its close proximity to Lake George Elementary School.
Additional Stewardship Efforts
The two towns will also be chipping in $10,000 for future property maintenance. Although currently unnamed, they hope to call the area the McPhillips Preserve Park, after the property owners.
- The Post Star: Conservancy to protect French Mountain land from development