Adirondack Land Trust Protects Iconic Vista in Harrietstown

Contact: Connie Prickett, info@adirondacklandtrust.org or 518.576.2082

Adirondack Land Trust Protects Iconic Vista in Harrietstown
View Adds Value to Park’s Scenery

Harrietstown, NY – The Adirondack Land Trust today announced that it closed on the purchase of Glenview Farm, a 238-acre property in Harrietstown, Franklin County. The property is well known for its sweeping views of Whiteface Mountain, the McKenzie Range and High Peaks Wilderness. It borders a ¼-mile stretch of State Route 86 between Saranac Lake and Paul Smiths and extends to Twobridge Brook and Bloomingdale Bog, the third largest boreal peatland in New York.

Panoramic vistas are rare along the tree-lined roads of the Adirondack Park interior, and this is one of the best in the park. A draft town plan and the Adirondack Park Agency have designated this as a view worth protecting.

The Trevor family, as stewards of this property for over 70 years, has developed a strong interest in conservation, which is what prompted this transfer to the Adirondack Land Trust to insure preservation of this resource for future generations. The family has worked over the years with the town and the neighboring community to preserve this land and is confident that the Land Trust will be a wonderful neighbor and steward of this special property and view-shed.

“Glenview is one of those extraordinary vistas one can enjoy without even hiking to the top of a mountain. We are delighted to be in a position to keep it that way,” said Meredith Prime, board chair, Adirondack Land Trust.

“I was so happy when I learned that the Adirondack Land Trust purchased a large tract of land across from our home on Route 86, located just beyond Donnelly’s farm. It is one of the most spectacular views in the Adirondacks. Born in a nearby farm house 86 years ago, I can remember as a kid, seeing cars parked along that stretch of road taking pictures of the view just as they are today,” said Howard Riley, town councilman and neighbor.

The Adirondack Land Trust will own and manage the property for the long-term. The roadside field at the top of the sloping property was historically used for agriculture and grazing. The land trust’s first priority is to develop a management plan that will take into account scenic, agricultural, forest and freshwater conservation values and evaluate potential for some public access in the future. (This transaction does not affect pre-existing water rights held by adjacent landowners to a spring on the property.)

“The names on the deed have changed, but the property will pretty much stay the same as we take time to develop a management plan. We look forward to meeting neighbors, getting to know the property better, and assessing a range of conservation values,” said Michael Carr, executive director, Adirondack Land Trust.     

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The Adirondack Land Trust protects working farms and forests, undeveloped shoreline, scenic vistas and other lands contributing to the quality of life of our communities as well as the wildness and rural character of the Adirondacks. Learn more online www.adirondacklandtrust.org