The FUND for Lake George Presents “Stewardship With Style: A Lakescape Event” on Saturday, May 10

For Immediate Release: May 5, 2014 
 
For more information: Corrina Parnapy 518.668.9700 x303 
                                    Jessica Rubin 518.668.9700 x304 
 
LAKE GEORGE, NY – The FUND for Lake George will host “Stewardship With Style: A Lakescape Event” on Saturday, May 10, 2014, from 9am to 2pm, at Shepard Park, Lake George, NY. Designed to make Mother’s Day weekend extra special, the event will feature programs, vendors, exhibits, speakers, and activities to promote low impact “lakescapes” that add beauty to any property while protecting Lake health. This family-friendly event showcases sustainable landscape techniques and includes kids’ crafts and giveaways. 
 
Stewardship With Style focuses on proper management of stormwater runoff, a major threat to Lake George water quality. “This event lives and breathes the principles of our Low Impact Development (LID) program by empowering residents to take the stewardship of Lake George water quality into their own hands,” explains The FUND’s Water Quality Outreach Coordinator Corrina Parnapy. “As we prepare for a new season of planting, Stewardship With Style provides an opportunity to demonstrate that proven lake protection techniques such as rain gardens and native plantings can also be beautiful!” 
 
Nursery professionals and other landscape experts will be available to discuss how to best incorporate shoreline buffers, permeable pavers, native plants, and other LID elements into lawns and gardens. Edward Kanze, Adirondack author, naturalist, photographer, wilderness guide and lecturer, will present the benefits of native shrubs. Certified nursery professional Anthony DeFranco will discuss rain gardens, and Brendan Quirion of the Adirondack Invasive Plant Program will guide participants in identifying and managing invasive plants. 
 
“Following our successful LID conference for development and land use professionals on May 1, Stewardship With Style will be a fun, engaging event to bring LID principles to an even wider audience,” said The FUND’s Executive Director Eric Siy. “We are all partners in Lake protection and our success depends on everyone, from development professionals to municipal leaders to community members, making land use choices that will help sustain the health of Lake George.”
 
The FUND for Lake George is pleased to partner with and feature the following organizations: Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, Warren County Soil and Water, Up Yonda Environmental Education Center, DeFranco Landscaping, Oligny's Creative Landscaping, North Country Landscape and Design, the Lake George Music Festival, Fiddlehead Farm and Plant Nursery, and the Lake George Garden Club. Event sponsors are Gould’s Lawn & Landscape Inc., DeFranco Landscaping Inc., Volt Landscaping, and North Country Landscape & Design. For a complete list of exhibitors, speakers, and vendors please visit: fundforlakegeorge.org/stewardshipwithstyle
 
The FUND for Lake George is a privately funded not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection of Lake George. Formed in 1980, The FUND applies a science-based approach to protection focused on Lake George water quality and the overall health of the Lake George watershed. The FUND pursues this mission through support of long-term scientific research, direct advocacy, and strategic partnerships with diverse public and private interests. The FUND recently adopted its Legacy Strategy that embraces environmental and economic imperatives as now required to protect Lake George for the next generation. The FUND sponsors the Lake George Waterkeeper among other programs on Lake George. The FUND for Lake George is managed by a Board of Trustees and maintains an office in Lake George. For more on the FUND’s work, visit fundforlakegeorge.org
 

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