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CBS News to air scenes of TNC purchase

KEENE VALLEY CBS News Sunday Morning, an acclaimed television newsmagazine, will air video footage of The Nature Conservancys Adirondack property highlighting tucked-away places that few people have seen or visited. It is expected to run on Dec. 30 during the nature segment of the 910:30 a.m. morning newsmagazine anchored by Charles Osgood. The footage is from The Nature Conservancys epic, 161,000-acre purchase of Adirondack forests in upstate New Yorkthe largest single private conservation land buy in the United States in 2007. A treasure trove of natural bounty, the property had been under the private ownership of paper manufacturer Finch, Pruyn & Co. since the 1800s. These are some of the most scenic lands in the entire Adirondack Park. We are delighted that CBS will be introducing them to a national audience, said Michael Carr, executive director of the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. In its first six months of ownership the Conservancy has worked with scientists from the New York Natural Heritage Program to evaluate the property through a variety of ecological lenses, renewed the 140 annual leases that existed under Finch, Pruyns ownership, met with dozens of stakeholders, and provided green-certified pulp wood to the Finch Paper mill in Glens Falls. Leading with the science, the Conservancy is working out a disposition strategy that balances ecological protection and traditional Adirondack uses. For the time being, it is business as usual for the property.

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