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Don’t fence me in ... or out

June 21, 2012
By Nicole Brownell - Gauthier's Saranac Lake Inn , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

This week we began the installation of a fence along our property line at our business.

With the digging of the posts came many questions. We wanted to take the time to keep everyone in the loop.

Part of our Green Program and our commitment as an environmentally-certified business is doing what we can to protect our environment on the local, regional, and global levels.

This work has achieved recognition as one of the top 10 greenest destinations in New York state, a Good Earth Keeping Award and Audubon International Green Leafs.

This work supports our regions proud status as one of the most earth friendly. Most know we are all about Saranac Lake spirit, ranging from the Chamber Board, Tourism Council, Planning Board, LDC and various other committees.

We want to help keep Saranac Lake strong on the map and support our community however we can.

Long before us, there was a fence along with beautiful 100 year old trees. The fence was removed a few years back and when we came in, despite all of our efforts, the trees could not be saved from the damage caused by the road salt and refuse.

The impact of the road salt has had devastating effects on the property and lake line. In the winter the salt build is so high the lake is melted completely. The runoff from the road brings with it salt, sand and debris creating even more damage. This cripples our attemps to plant trees and gardens or create any divert from pollution into the lake.

When the trees were removed, the view coming from Lake Placid was widely opened up, and the new fence will offer no obstruction. Nor will it offer obstruction from the opposite, only provide a barrier between pollutants and our lake.

We will continue our efforts to improve and protect the property as well as our lake. This is a commitment we take seriously. Part of this is the beautification of the property and its curb appeal. We value the appearance we present to not just visitors but our community members.

We encourage you to learn more about our green program by visiting



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