March 21, 2014

Lake Placid environmental groups merge

LAKE PLACID — The Placid Lake Foundation and North Elba Land Conservancy have merged and are now called Lake Placid Land Conservancy.

Placid Lake President Sara Jane DeHoff and North Elba Land President Patti Hopkinson of Placid Lake Foundation announced the change this week.

Although they had operated as separate organizations, both land trusts had overlapping missions, geographic territories and organizational goals, a press release said. 

Initial discussions about a merger began in late 2011, with a merger exploration committee formed in August 2012 that included DeHoff, John Bogle, John Rosenthal, Hopkinson, Reg Gignoux and Liz Clarke. Discussions were facilitated by Henrietta Jordan, an experienced Land Trust Alliance consultant.

Both boards agreed to conduct legal due diligence, which culminated in the merger decision in August 2013. It was was completed in December.

“Combining complementary resources and strategically addressing conservation challenges as one organization ensures that their shared goals can be achieved,” the release said. 

“The merger makes sure that one local land trust grows and thrives in Lake Placid, maintaining a strong, unified and visible presence working for conservation of our lands and waters.”

Lake Placid Land Conservancy holds two conservation easements: Camp Menawa on Lake Placid and Intervale Lowlands off of River Road, totaling 174 acres. 

“The easements conserve natural resources important to the landowner and the conservancy by removing most of the building rights,” the release said. “Lake Placid Land Conservancy is working with interested landowners towards a goal of completing four additional easements this year.”

This merger of Placid Lake Foundation, founded in 1994, and North Elba Land Conservancy, begun in 2005, was supported by grant funding from the New York Environmental Protection Fund and the New York Conservation Partnership Program, administered by the Land Trust Alliance, in coordination with the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Lake Placid Land Conservancy is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to protecting Lake Placid and sustaining its nearby communities by conserving land and water resources. 

For more information, visit, email or call 837-5177.

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