40 Karner Road Clean Up Saturday April 16 at 9 AM

Please RSVP to Mark Platt at 462-4062 or email mplaat1@nycap.rr.com

Located just south of Pinehurst Boulevard, 40 Karner Road is a key parcel that links Karner Meadows and Pine Valley portions of the preserve. It also protects the headwaters of the Kiakout Kill and provides a scenic buffer along New Karner Road.

40 Karner Road is the largest remaining but unprotected portion of Pine Bush within city limits. It remained undeveloped thanks to Save the Pine Bush successfully suing the city in 1992, preventing the rezoning requested by the developers of the Karner Pines Executive Office Park.

The county foreclosed on 40 Karner Road in the late 2000s. The county sought to dedicate the property for conservation purposes, but its future remained up in the air until this year when the Mohawk-Hudson Land Conservancy stepped up to take title and add it to the preserve.

Like many unpreserved portions of the Pine Bush, decades of debris dumping and fire suppression has diminished the beauty and habitat value of the land. The first step in restoring this land is removing the debris. Recognizing our group’s commitment to this parcel over the years, the Albany Pine Bush Commission (APBC) has requested our help in the clean-up effort.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mark Platt at 518-462-4062 or email mplaat1@nycap.rr.com. Lunch and required equipment will be provided. Your RSVP will help the commission know how much food and supplies are needed for the clean-up.