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Community Brainstorm: Preserve Name

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The Adirondack Land Trust thanks community members for submitting more than 100 naming ideas for this special place. We will review the ideas to find a name for our 187-acre parcel at the corner of New York State Route 73 and the Adirondack Loj Road outside Lake Placid. When we describe the land to community members, the response is often, “Oh, that view!”, hence the title of this page. The land is best known for open fields that provide stunning views of the state’s highest mountains within the largest wilderness area in the Northeast. It also features forest habitat and 500 feet of shoreline along the West Branch of the Ausable River. The land trust added the property in August 2023 to its portfolio of nature preserves. The slideshow above highlights different perspectives, seasons, and critters of the land.

Our goal is to find a distinctive, descriptive, and memorable name.

Get to know the land through various names we have been learning about:

Frequently Asked Questions About This Preserve

The Adirondack Land Trust will retain this land as a signature conservation and recreation area that we will care for and manage. We will not be selling it to New York State. We are committed to keeping the 30-acre field open to maintain the vista and potentially restore native grassland habitat, which is among the most imperiled habitat types in the world. We are also excited about the potential to create welcoming public recreation opportunities here, as well.

The land will remain closed to the public until we can provide safe parking and access. The view remains open for all to enjoy.

Our first step is to get to know the property, including the 150 acres of forest beyond the fields. When we have a sense for which areas are most suitable for public access, we will reach out to community members, including groups of people underrepresented in conservation initiatives, to gather input to inform a plan.

Our work is made stronger through constructive dialogue with different groups of people. The Adirondacks’ natural beauty and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities are fundamental to our identity, well-being, and economy. However, physical, cultural, and social obstacles often prevent many people from accessing natural areas and the benefits nature provides. Community outreach will help us identify and remove these barriers to create a space that is safe and welcoming for all.

We believe the terrain is conducive to accessible trails with a wide, durable surface on low-grade inclines. These types of trails welcome people using wheelchairs, strollers, or walking aids, as well as those who prefer a walk in the woods to an alpine scramble. Right now, a visitor to nearby Adirondack Loj can access 277 miles of foot trails in the High Peaks Wilderness. However, aside from the rail trail, which offers a different kind of experience, there are fewer than five miles of free wheelchair accessible nature trails within an hour’s drive of Lake Placid. Addressing this unmet need will provide significant benefits to surrounding communities.

Not yet. We are inviting ideas from community members.

We will first assess the feasibility of a potential parking area off State Route 73 that would provide access to trails without encroaching on the open field. We will consider alternative locations as needed.

This nature preserve is in Lake Placid. Glenview Preserve is located about 16 miles to the northwest in Harrietstown. Both properties provide fantastic views along major transportation corridors in close proximity to population centers. We are committed to providing inclusive and welcoming trails at both locations, which would create unique recreation opportunities for these communities.

Aside from a stipulation in the 1927 deed that the property not be used for a gas station or a dance pavilion, there have been no formal protections in place. Current Adirondack Park Agency regulation would allow for up to four homes on this property. The McBurney family, from whom the Adirondack Land Trust purchased the parcel, maintained the vista for more than 60 years. This site represents one of 38 scenic vistas identified by the Adirondack Park Agency as integral to the park’s essence and character. Many of these vistas throughout the Adirondacks can be seen from a road shoulder adjacent to private land that does not allow public access.

Private individuals and foundations who love the Adirondacks make all of our work possible, including this purchase. We will be raising additional funds to design trails and manage access. If you’d like to support our work, please make a gift.