MHLC is kicking off 2018 with an exciting announcement: we’ve protected another property in the Bozen Kill Conservation Corridor, one of our Conservation Priority Areas.
This week, we received a 29.3 acre donation of land in the Town of Knox. This donation links together 448 acres of conservation lands in the Bozen Kill Conservation Corridor. MHLC has been working on the Bozen Kill since our first acquisition there in 1999; in addition to being an aesthetically scenic area, it is considered one of the most climate change resilient areas in the Capital Region. The deep ravine carved by the stream and the surrounding steep topography create microclimates, which provide diverse habitats for wildlife. Learn more about microclimates and the importance of climate-resilient properties on our new Conservation and Climate Change page.
With this recent acquisition, we have linked together several properties along the Bozen Kill, creating a larger, protected area. By protecting a continuous swath of protected land along the Bozen Kill, we can better ensure future water quality of the Bozen Kill, which feeds the Watervliet Reservoir, and a large wildlife corridor for movement of mammal species such as black bear, fisher, and bobcat.
This exciting donation of land comes from Don and Donna Kelly of Altamont. According to Mark King, Executive Director, “The Kelly acquisition builds on years of work to connect important conservation areas within the Bozen Kill Corridor. The Kellys are passionate about the Helderberg escarpment and specifically the Bozen Kill. Don Kelly has spent years exploring the natural and cultural history of the area observing bears, fishers, and other wildlife on this rugged terrain. According to Don, the area holds many secrets and much lost history among the old foundations and stone walls found throughout the ravine. It was a great pleasure working with Don and Donna to realize the preservation of beautiful landscape.”
This donation builds upon a long history of community support for conservation of this beautiful area. In spring of 2016, we received a generous challenge grant for our Bozen Kill conservation efforts from Jim Suozzo. For every dollar donated, Jim pledged to match it. MHLC reached out to our community for support and received a tremendous response, raising $17,879 and exceeding Jim’s challenge. With this collaboration, we added 53 acres to the Bozen Kill Corridor in 2016. Now, less than two years later, we’ve acquired the 29 acre property which connects the entire corridor of conservation lands along the Bozen Kill.
MHLC will continue to protect the lands and waters of the Bozen Kill, which is identified as one of our Natural Areas of Interest and High Conservation Priority. Thank you for helping us save this local treasure!