Preserving Our Natural Resources
The Round Lake Preserve, once an approved subdivision for estate lots, is located along Round Lake and the Anthony Kill (a tributary to the Hudson River) in the Town of Malta. With the assistance of a New York State Environmental Protection Fund grant, a Saratoga County Open Space grant, money from Malta’s Open Space and Recreation Preservation Reserve and a unique partnership with Saratoga P.L.A.N., 90 acres have been permanently preserved to protect key natural and archeological resources in the Town, and its important watershed.
If not preserved, the land would have been cleared for residential development and degrade the floodplain, watershed and wildlife habitat. The property encompasses a prehistoric site that is eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
Why it was Preserved
From a natural resource perspective the land contains a significant amount of wetlands that contributes to the water quality, a large area of frontage along Round Lake and the Anthony Kill, woodlands, meadows, and fields. From a recreational perspective, the preserve will provide public access to Round Lake and the Anthony Kill for non-motorized recreation uses and other recreational uses.
Location The Round Lake Preserve land is located one mile from the Luther Forest Technology Park, the center of development pressure in the Town of Malta. Malta’s partnership with Saratoga P.L.A.N has permanently preserved a critical area from development for open space and passive recreation opportunities.