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Help Protect an Important Wildlife Linkage in New York

Just north of the Five Ponds Wilderness Area of the Adirondack Park lies the proposed Little River Wilderness Preserve. Located in the hamlet of Star Lake, New York, this 252-acre property is defined by its vast open wetlands and other water features.

With over 70 acres of wetlands, miles of streams, and approximately a half mile of the Little River all within this property’s boundaries, Little River Wilderness Preserve supports a wide range of species who find their homes in these diverse wetland and stream habitats.

This unique, low-elevation habitat will only prove more valuable over time as resilient forever-wild landscapes adapt to climate change. Will you help Northeast Wilderness Trust continue its growing legacy of wilderness land protection in the Northeast? You can help by donating to this campaign to save Little River Wilderness Preserve.

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Little River Wilderness Preserve is one piece within a vast network of existing forever-wild conservation land. At 107,000+ acres, the Five Ponds Wilderness Area is one of the largest and most remote of the state-protected wildlands of the Adirondack Park. Little River Wilderness Preserve will strengthen regional habitat connections and further enhance the wild character of the state-protected lands within the Adirondack Park.

Little River lies near the hamlet of Star Lake within the town of Clifton in the Adirondack mountains of New York. The future preserve consists of around 257 acres of forested uplands and expansive wetland complexes.

The property contains over 40+ acres of wetlands, or areas where water is present. Along the Little River is influence from Beavers, creating multiple wetland complexes filled with Speckled Alder and Willow shrubs, intermixed with Black Spruce and Balsam Fir in the forested areas. Closer to the shoreline of the Little River, the wetland opens up, containing multiple small beaver ponds and trails throughout with an important range of biodiversity.

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Zooming out to a broader scale, Little River Wilderness Preserve falls within the Algonquin to Adirondacks (A2A) wildlife corridor. Connecting the significant conservation lands in the Adirondack Park of New York and the Algonquin Park of Ontario, the corridor has been recognized as one of few remaining large-scale habitat linkages in the East.

The A2A is vital for the movement of migratory species such as moose and many songbirds. Due to its profound importance as one of the few intact large-scale wildlife corridors in the East, the A2A region has been identified as a key priority for the Wilderness Trust’s future conservation work, including Little River Wilderness Preserve.