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A local air quality group will hold a free public forum next week called “How Dangerous is Glens Falls Air?”

The group, Glens Falls Wants Clean Air, has changed its name to the Clean Air Action Network. It’s hosting the talk from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday in the community room of Crandall Public Library.

Mike Ewall, executive director of the Energy Justice Network, will present and answer questions. The Energy Justice Network is a national organization based in Pennsylvania. Ewall and his organization have most recently assisted with legislation in Baltimore that could shut down a Wheelabrator trash-to-energy plant, and with legislation in Coeymans in Albany County that could inhibit industrial plants from burning alternative fuel sources, like tires.

Ewall has said he wants to shut down all incinerators, and eventually hopes to shut down the Wheelabrator trash plant in Hudson Falls.

Tracy Frisch, organizer of the Clean Air Action Network, is working with Ewall and his team to educate the public on air quality. The group, according to a news release, has a mission to reduce air pollution and protect public health and the environment.

The network also plans to host another program on June 10 in the library called “Air Pollution and Human Health.”

To learn more about either event or to get involved with the Clean Air Action Network, contact Frisch at 518-692-8242 or tracy.frisch@gmail.com.

Good news for Conservancy

The Lake George Land Conservancy received $78,220 from the 2019 Conservation Partnership Program, a grant program administered by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Land Trust Alliance.

Part of the funds, $40,000, will go toward implementing some of the Bolton Recreational Hub Strategy, a plan for improving local preserves, protecting natural resources and boosting tourism.

The hub strategy was created by The Chazen Companies through the town of Bolton, the Bolton Landing Chamber of Commerce and the land conservancy.

Not only does it focus on preserves in Bolton, but it also looks at ways existing land conservancy preserves can be connected to state lands. It also helps the town identify marketing campaigns.

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“The Bolton Recreational Hub is a wonderful example of what can be accomplished when the public and private sectors work together to achieve an important community goal,” Bolton Supervisor Ron Conover said in a news release.

The land conservancy hopes to use some of the new funding for creating and installing new signs, kiosks and parking lots, as well as use it for improvements at some preserves in the town.

“Establishing Bolton Landing as a recreation hub is a great way to promote its many resources,” said Jamie Brown, executive director of the land conservancy, in a news release. “Ultimately, the plan is to provide itineraries to help people explore the area and better understand it — getting people out on our land to understand why protecting the land that projects the lake is so important, then promoting the local economy by including shopping, eating and even lodging for extended stays.”

Another $38,220 will go toward costs incurred purchasing French Mountain in the the towns of Lake George and Queensbury.

The project protects 315 acres and will eventually create multi-use trails.

Bird trust gets grant

Also benefiting from the latest round of Conservation Partnership Program grant awards was the Grassland Bird Trust, formerly the Friends of the Washington County Grasslands Important Bird Area.

The organization received $35,000, which will be used to hire a full-time communications and development specialist, according to a news release.

The new staff person will help expand the trust’s conservation program. The trust has helped protect 244 acres in Washington County and manages 78 acres.

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Reporter Gwendolyn Craig can be reached at (518) 742-3238 or gcraig@poststar.com. Follow her on Twitter @gwendolynnn1.

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