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Nature Conservancy purchases Finch lands

No immediate management changes planned

TNC Communications Manager Connie S. Prickett said there would be no immediate changes in the use of the land. Over the next 12 - 18 months, TNC plans to consult with community leaders, leaseholders, and other stakeholders to identify the best way to achieve conservation objectives on Finch lands while addressing local economic needs, preserving the tradition of hunt club/recreational leases and providing new recreational opportunities.

There are about 140 annually renewed recreational leases on 131,000 acres of the property. When they expire this fall, The Nature Conservancy will renew all of them for the next year, provided each is in good standing.

The property is linked to the Adirondack economy and our way of life here. Over the next 12 - 18 months, we look forward to working with communities, recreational leaseholders, and other stakeholders to chart the course toward achieving our critical conservation objectives in ways that are compatible with sustainable forestry and responsible recreational uses, Carr said.

Day to day management of the land will remain business as usual. Foresters will continue to supervise the harvest of timber in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forestry Initiative certifications.

Goodnow Flow Association President Jim DePasquale said his organization was concerned about the purchase. The 50-year-old association has about 230 members, and leases 13,000 acres from Finch, Pruyn for recreational uses.

We hope that we will be able to continue these leases, not only for our use, but also to help the local economy, said DePasquale. Ive indicated that we're not only very willing to work (with the Nature Conservancy), but am anxious to work with them.

TNC to assume responsibility for taxes

The Nature Conservancy will take responsibility for all local taxes on the property. Collectively, the current tax payments on these lands add up to about $1.1 million annually. One of the conservation and disposition strategies may entail selling some of the property to a timber investment management organization or other buyer, in which case, the new owner will pay taxes.

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