SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – The board of directors of Saratoga PLAN, a local non-profit organization, recently welcomed three new members: Charlie Hanehan, Alison Crocker and Jessica Schwartzman.
Each brings a unique set of attributes that complement both existing board member strengths and Saratoga PLAN’s mission to protect the rural character, natural habitats and scenic beauty of Saratoga County.
Hanehan, a fourth-generation dairy farmer at Hanehan Family Dairy in the City of Saratoga, will add his agricultural perspective to PLAN’s Board of Directors. After graduating from college in 1973, Hanehan returned to the family dairy and recently became semi-retired. The Hanehan family dairy also includes Charlie Hanehan’s three sons, working full time, and his daughter as chief financial officer. They have now become junior partners.
In addition to serving on numerous farm committees and policy boards, Hanehan served as chair of the Saratoga County Farmland Conservancy Board for more than 20 years. In 2021, his family completed two development rights sales with the help of Saratoga PLAN, preserving over 200 acres of land.
Crocker, recently retired from a career as an environmental lawyer for New York State, also joins PLAN’s board of directors. His final years in state service were devoted to land acquisition. Crocker has lived in Saratoga County most of her life, and she wants to work with the organization’s board and staff to save as much as possible on development.
Schwartzman, as a business owner and change management consultant in the region, has helped many clients with population health programs and has seen the vital role that access to healthy food and recreation in outdoors play in the lives of many people. “Land-use decisions are becoming increasingly critical, as conserving farmland is essential to ensuring access to healthy local foods for generations,” she said in a statement. hurry. “The trails Saratoga PLAN is helping to develop provide an accessible way to get away from our virtual lifestyles and connect with nature – the benefits of which cannot be overstated.”
Schwartzman considers the work done by PLAN to be more than admirable. For her, this represents a deep commitment to the health of the community, the economy and the future. She is honored to serve on the Board of Directors and looks forward to the opportunity to help advance PLAN’s mission.
The Saratoga PLAN Board of Directors welcomes its three new members and looks forward to the road ahead. They join at a pivotal moment as the organization is in the process of hiring a new CEO.
Saratoga PLAN is a nonprofit land trust that preserves the rural character, natural habitats, and scenic beauty of Saratoga County so that these irreplaceable assets are accessible to all and survive for future generations. PLAN recognizes that the lands it conserves are located on the ancestral lands of the Mohicans, Mohawks and Abenakis.
PLAN, which stands for land and nature preservation, has helped conserve more than 7,000 acres of land in Saratoga County. PLAN helps landowners conserve farmland, woodlands and natural habitats, and connects people to nature through an extensive network of trails, including 12 public nature reserves open for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing , snowshoeing and nature study. Saratoga PLAN helps communities create plans that balance growth with conservation to support the Saratoga area as a great place to live, work, visit, play and grow.
PLAN facilitates community conservation by partnering with municipalities to help them achieve their community’s conservation goals.
More information about Saratoga PLAN is available online at www.saratogaplan.org or by calling (518) 587-5554.