IN PROGRESS: Eagle Mountain Wilderness Preserve

Habitat for bears, moose, and Peregrine Falcons

Eagle Mountain Wilderness Preserve is home to numerous pristine ponds, which offer important habitat to a variety of amphibians, insects, and other animals. Photo: Brendan Wiltse

This area has seen considerable logging over the decades but its wild character is strong and vital—and in the decades to come, if we can protect it now, it will be a jewel of the eastern Adirondacks, a place of beauty, integrity, and wildness for future generations of people to enjoy. ”   —Tom Butler, Conservationist

 

We need your help to protect this spectacular property. The Eagle Mountain Wilderness Preserve is an exceptional wilderness opportunity in the Adirondacks.

 

Location    Northeastern region of NY’s Adirondack Park
Size              2,434 acres
Cost              $1,786,517
Habitat       northern hardwood and conifer forests, cliff & talus, ponds, wetlands
Creatures  Peregrine Falcons, black bear, moose, songbirds, and brook trout
Threat         development, logging
Values         mature forest, wildlife habitat, core habitat for surrounding forest block

Acquiring this property will:

  • Protect over 3.5 miles of brooks
  • Permanently secure this regionally significant and iconic landscape
  • Protect 155 acres of wetlands that contribute to the preserve’s biodiversity and provide extensive habitat values
  • Protect several vernal pools that dot the property, which offer important
    habitat to a variety of amphibians, insects, and other animals
  • Secure a critical wildlife corridor between two blocks of publicly protected land within the Adirondack Park, which furthers the goals of the Adirondack Park Agency to protect critical wildlife habitat

Donate now to help protect the Eagle Mountain Wilderness Preserve!

 

You can alternatively send a check payable to Northeast Wilderness Trust.
Write Eagle Mountain in the memo line.

 

The Eagle Mountain Preserve consists of 2,434 acres of land located in the northeastern  Adirondacks of New York. Conservation of this project represents a strategic conservation opportunity to secure an important wildlife corridor, habitat for a state-listed endangered species, varying topography, and unique water features.

A Peregrine Falcon resting in a nesting area near one of the many talus cliffs on the property. Once conserved, this property will provide forever-wild habitat for this NY State endangered species. Photo: Brendan Wiltse

Eagle Mountain is located in a region where gently rolling hills of the Champlain Valley begin to rise towards the High Peaks of the Adirondacks. This densely forested property consists primarily of northern hardwood and conifer forests, with patches of cliff & talus, pristine undeveloped ponds, miles of clear running brooks, vernal pools, and wetlands. There are eight peaks over 1,000 ft. on the property, including Eagle Mountain with an elevation of just over 1,250 feet. Peregrine Falcons (a New York State endangered species) have been consistently nesting on the property for at least five years.

The project is in the north end of a Northeast Wilderness Trust strategic conservation ‘focal area’ called the Split Rock Wildway, which has been the center of conservation activities at the Wilderness Trust since our very first project fifteen years ago. We have since completed nine transactions in the immediate landscape. Eagle Mountain’s location tactically expands this effort to connect Lake Champlain to the High Peaks through conserved land.

The acquisition of Eagle Mountain will protect just over 1.25 miles of Durgan Brook and its tributary (Trout Pond Brook) and 2.45 miles of Doyle Brook. Both of these named brooks are cold, clear, and support native Brook Trout habitat. Miles of unnamed brooks also connect the other ponds. There are over 155 acres of wetlands across the property that contribute to the preserve’s biodiversity and provide extensive habitat values. Seepage wetlands thaw first in the spring and provide some of the earliest browse for energy strapped wildlife (such as bears, moose, and deer—all present on the property) at the end of a long winter.

One of the many wetlands on the property that provide critical habitat for amphibians, insects, and other animals. Photo: Brendan Wiltse

The Eagle Mountain property ranks as ‘Above Average Resilient’ on The Nature Conservancy’s Resilient and Connected Landscapes dataset. The core area surrounding the ponds and the elevated region surrounding Eagle Mountain itself ranks as ‘Far Above Average.’ Resilient sites like Eagle Mountain are defined as having “sufficient variability and microclimate options to enable species and ecosystems to persist in the face of climate change and which will maintain this ability over time.”

From the many peaks there are spectacular views of the ponds and wetlands on the property. Photo: Brendan Wiltse

A place for quiet recreation. Northeast Wilderness Trust will partner with Champlain Area Trails (CATS), a local trails group, to develop a non-motorized recreational trail on the property—continuing our longstanding relationship between the trail group. The design, construction, and management of the trail will be done with the utmost care to minimize impact to the property and wildlife. Seasonal closures will be implemented to protect nesting peregrine falcons and will be monitored by the Wilderness Trust.

Eagle Mountain’s dramatic cliffs and peaks not only provide solitude for humans but also resiliency for wildlife in the face of climate change. It also represents a landscape-scale conservation opportunity in a region underrepresented in the conservation context as compared to the interior of the Adirondacks.

The total budget to protect this important preserve is $1,786,517. Projects like this are made possible by people like you. With a donation today you can help us to conserve this special place.

 

An Eagle Mountain project profile sheet is available here.

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