The Leeming Jelliffe Preserve, an upland bluff at Huletts Landing protected by the Lake George Land Conservancy, was scheduled to be formally dedicated September 7.
According to the Conservancy, the opening of the preserve’s trails “launches a larger campaign to provide further protection of the ridgelines and stream corridors within the Huletts Landing area.”
The Leeming Jelliffe Preserve is named in honor of the family that owned the property for more than one hundred years.
According to the Lake George Land Conservancy’s Sarah Hoffmann, the property was owned by Dr. Smith Ely Jelliffe and his descendants, one of whom is Sylvia Lawler.
A gift to the Conservancy by Sylvia Lawler and her husband Paul, matched by funds from the WK Kellogg Foundation, supported the purchase of the 33 acre upland site as well as the acquisition of a Conservation easement on a three acre meadow stretching to the lake.
The meadow lies in front of the White House, the family home, which the Lawlers recently purchased.
“This conservation project will provide permanent water quality protection by preventing upland development while, at the same time, granting viewshed protection and local residents a small, family- friendly recreational opportunity,” said Sarah Hoffmann.
Hoffman said the 3.7 acres of meadow protected by the Conservancy’s easement includes a one-quarter-mile stream corridor and more than six hundred feet of Lake George shorefront. The parcel could have been subdivided and an additional home built of the site.
Zoning regulations would have allowed the construction of three homes on the upland parcel, where a footpath now leads to a clearing overlooking the Narrows and Silver Bay.
“It’s been more than 20 years since we completed a conservation project in this area and we’re pleased to once again be active in this tightknit community,” said Jamie Brown, the Conservancy’s executive director.
“This is just the start of things to come in Huletts Landing,” Brown continued. “Foster Brook and other smaller tributaries flow through the area, which is mostly undeveloped. By protecting the surrounding land now we will safeguard the land’s natural ability to filter and manage stormwater for the health of Lake George. Additionally, we are looking into a number of other projects that will help to protect critical conservation values, including viewshed, in this part of the watershed.”