Warren County is giving away 13 acres in Queensbury, but is getting two-thirds of an acre of waterfront woods in the town of Johnsburg.
The two land transactions are not related, but were completed in recent days to give Lake George Land Conservancy a piece of property off Route 9L, just south of Lake George’s southeast corner.
County leaders had taken title for the property because of unpaid back taxes, and instead of selling it at tax auction, offered it to the lake protection organization. It abuts 1,400 acres of marsh that the state owns.
The land swaps will allow preservation of a vital wetland that feeds Lake George’s Warner Bay.
“We are grateful to the county supervisors for this generous donation of land and for entrusting the Lake George Land Conservancy with its care,” the conservancy’s director, Jamie Brown, said in a news release. “Protecting wetlands such as these is the most efficient and cost-effective way to protect the water quality of our special lake.”
The county’s donation comes as it was given two parcels, amounting to 0.66 acres, to add to county-owned land along the Hudson River near North Creek.
The bigger, 0.47-acre lot is bordered by the river to the east and south, and Warren County land to the west and north, while the smaller of the lots is just south of one of the county’s lots. The county’s rail line runs through its parcels in the area.
Warren County Public Works Superintendent Kevin Hajos said that the Nature Conservancy land was landlocked by the county’s property prompted the organization to see if the county wanted it.
“It’s all wooded riverfront, and it is not being used,” Hajos said. “Our property covers the whole frontage of theirs.”
Johnsburg Supervisor Andrea Hogan suggested donating it to the town of Johnsburg, which owns park land just north of one of Warren County’s lots.
“That would be fine with me. We’re not in the real estate business,” said Glens Falls 4th Ward Supervisor William Loeb.
Hajos said options for the property will be reviewed.
The paper company then known as Finch, Pruyn & Company sold the land to Adirondack Woodlands LLC for $110,000 in 2007, and Adirondack Woodlands donated it to The Nature Conservancy several months later.