by Glenn Coin | syracuse.com , link to original post
New York state has bought 9,300 acres of Adirondack land that is part of the former Finch, Pruyn & Co. property.
The land sprawls across several Adirondack counties and contains waterfalls, wetlands, camping spots, hiking and hunting areas, and access to the Hudson River and Lake Champlain.
Today’s announcement is the second of five installments in the state’s purchase of 69,000 acres owned by The Nature Conservancy was begun last year.
“Adding these former Finch lands to the Forest Preserve will open a magnificent stretch of the Upper Hudson to the public and attract new visitors to the interior of the Adirondacks,” Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said today in a statement.
The parcels bought today include:
— OK Slip Falls tract, Hamilton County (the Adirondacks’ highest waterfall which was previously inaccessible)
— Casey Brook tract, Essex County
— Spruce Point and Saddles tracts, Washington County
— Hudson Riverside/Ice Meadow Tract, Warren County
— Indian River tract, Essex and Hamilton counties.
The total purchase price of the 69,000 acres over the five years will be $49.8 million, and that will be drawn from the state Environmental Protection Fund. The land includes 180 miles of rivers and streams, 175 lakes and ponds, 465 miles of undeveloped shoreline along rivers, streams, lakes and ponds, and six mountains taller than 2,000 feet.
The majority of these lands are concentrated within the central lake and tourist region of the Adirondack Park in the towns of Newcomb, Indian Lake, North Hudson and Minerva.
The Nature Conservancy purchased 161,000 acres of Adirondack land from Finch, Pruyn & Co. for $110 million in 2007. Martens was president of the Open Space Institute when it loaned The Nature Conservancy $25 million to purchase the land.