By Mike Lynch
The Open Space Institute has purchased a 37-acre property alongside the state-owned Trembleau Mountain north of Willsboro near Lake Champlain.
The acquisition, located in Chesterfield, adds to a cluster of already protected lands in the area, including the 600-acre Trembleau Mountain property that OSI bought in partnership with the Lake Champlain Land Trust in 2016. That property was later bought by the state in 2018 and added to the forest preserve.
OSI also owns a nearby 57-acre property that it bought in 2018.
Another nearby 137-acre private property has a conservation easement held by the Lake Champlain Land Trust.
Completely forested, the newly protected property is home to a diversity of plant and animal species, according to OSI. The land is within a corridor The Nature Conservancy has found to have an above- average resiliency to climate change.
The newly purchased property will be opened to the public for hiking and other forms of passive recreation after the larger Trembleau Mountain management plan is completed, according to OSI. Located on the northern slope of Trembleau Mountain, the property will provide walkers, hikers, and runners with views of the lake.
“Small, but significant, this property represents an important victory in protecting the water quality of Lake Champlain,” said Kim Elliman, OSI’s president and CEO, in a prepared statement. “In addition to protecting the watershed, this acquisition will keep this beautifully rugged land available for public enjoyment.”