Stony Creek officials to meet with state over Finch Pruyn lands

STONY CREEK The Stony Creek Town Board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. June 3 to discuss land use issues concerning Finch Pruyn woodlands with officials from the Department of Environmental Conservation and The Nature Conservancy. In 2007, the Conservancy acquired all the Finch Pruyn land in Stony Creek as part of its $110 million acquisition of the paper companys 161,000 acres in the Adirondacks. Finch Pruyns land in the Adirondacks has been managed for timber production since 1865, but the Conservancy intends to sell much of the property to DEC to become forever wild forest preserve where logging is prohibited, with nearly all of the rest restricted with DEC conservation easements. The state already owns about half the land in Stony Creek. Town Supervisor Frank Thomas said that at the upcoming meeting the town board will also discuss the $25,000 grant that the town is receiving from DEC for an Adirondack Park Community Smart Growth Plan. Thomas said the grant is to be used to hire a consultant to study how to revitalize the hamlet area of Stony Creek. The hamlet corresponds to the small, built-up section of town often known as Creek Center and has boundaries set by the Adirondack Park Agency. Thomas said that the study could include plans for sidewalks, beautification, and possibly a sewer system. He said that sewers were expensive anywhere, but that federal and state money would be available. Hopefully it will be a solid plan and show them youre going somewhere, he said.

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