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A Lake George Mirror file photo by Walt Grishkot of the telescope, circa 1971

A Lake George Mirror file photo by Walt Grishkot of the telescope, circa 1971

Lake George Land Conservancy Buys Site of SUNY’s Telescope

By Mirror Staff

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A 130-acre parcel in North Bolton owned by SUNY Albany and once the site of a 100-foot parabolic radio telescope has been purchased by the Lake George Land Conservancy.

According to Sarah Hoffman, the Conservancy’s communications manager, the acquisition is part of an effort to protect Indian Brook, a major tributary of Lake George.

With this acquisition, Hoffman said, hundreds of feet of stream corridors and environmentally significant wetlands will be protected.

“By protecting this important tributary, we’re providing a safeguard against excessive storm water and stream bank erosion, further protecting the lake’s water quality,” said Hoffman.

The telescope was installed in North Bolton in 1971 and dismantled in 1978 after SUNY Albany abolished its astronomy program.

As part of the Indian Brook watershed protection project, other acquisitions will follow, including a 115-acre property on Padanarum Road, said Hoffman.

“The land will become a public preserve, with a 0.6-mile trail that could connect the neighboring state land, the Pole Hill Pond Preserve, and the Lake George Land Conservancy’s Amy’s Park. Named the Isabel La Roche Godwin Preserve by the sellers, the preserve includes views of High Nopit and Pole Hill. The trail system is anticipated to be in place mid-summer,” said Hoffman.

Hoffman said the Conservancy is working with residents of the Indian Brook watershed to find other ways of protecting the stream from erosion and storm water runoff.

“We’ve created a focus group to better understand and appreciate the needs of the community, and to direct its efforts to efficiently address storm water and erosion issues within the Indian Brook watershed, based on recommendations from the group,” Hoffman said.

A recent round-table meeting of the group included Bolton Town Supervisor Ron Conover, Hoffman noted.

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