ALBANY, NY – The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission has been fortunate to be a local conservation partner with L.L.Bean since the opening of their Colonie Center retail store in Albany, NY in 2007. Last week, the privately held company donated additional support to this partnership, in recognition of the Commission staff’s long-term commitment to natural resource protection and education. The Commission will use this donation to recognize employment milestones of every 5 years of service; several Commission staff members have been with the organization for more than 15 years; the longest tenured began over 20 years ago.
“We wanted to develop a means of recognizing the hard work and dedication of our extraordinary staff. We’re so pleased with the donation from L.L. Bean to support this effort,” said the Commission’s Executive Director, Christopher Hawver.
“Albany Pine Bush has been a wonderful partner since we moved into the area, and we are grateful for their efforts ensuring access to and education about our natural resources. We’re pleased that our gift will be used to recognize the staff with for their long term commitments to this mission,” says Janet Wyper, L.L.Bean’s Manager of Community Relations.
L.L. Bean, Inc. has been a trusted source for quality apparel, reliable outdoor equipment, and expert advice for over 100 years. Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, the company began as one-man operation. With L. L.’s firm belief in keeping customers satisfied as a guiding principle, the company eventually grew to a global organization with annual sales of $1.52 billion. The company’s headquarters are in Freeport, Maine, just down the road from the original store.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE PINE BUSH:
Located within New York’s Capital District, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve is one of only twenty inland pine barrens left in the entire world and widely considered to be the best example. The 3,200-acre Preserve is predominantly defined by gently rolling sand dunes that support an extraordinary fire-dependent habitat. Home to more than 55 New York State-designated Species of Greatest Conservation Need, including the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly, this globally-rare ecosystem also offers visitors 18 miles of trails for an assortment of non-motorized recreational opportunities including hiking, jogging, nature study, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, and canoeing.
The Discovery Center is a state-of-the-art interpretive center that introduces visitors to everything that makes the Preserve rare and adventurous. As the gateway to the Pine Bush, this LEED Gold-certified “green” building transforms a visit to our unique destination into an even more exciting exploration where learning comes naturally through interactive exhibits, the interpretive Discovery Trail, and numerous programs on the ecology, natural history and cultural history of the Pine Bush. Admission to the Discovery Center is free (there is a small fee for programs). The Center is open DAILY weekdays 9AM-4PM, weekends 10AM-4PM (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). For more information, visit www.AlbanyPineBush.org or call 518-456-0655.