Finch Paper, a recognized leader in the paper and forest management industries, was the first integrated paper mill in the country to obtain both the FSC and SFI responsible forestry certifications. Under those certifications and the requirements of the conservation easement, the Minnow Pond tract will be managed to the highest sustainability standards.
"Our responsible, science-based management today will help ensure that these lands will provide wood for building materials, paper and a host of other products, along with clean air and water, for generations to come," Dziengeleski said.
"This is a positive arrangement on so many levels," said Carr, reflecting on how keeping the Minnow Pond property unbroken and sustainably managed will also mitigate major ecological threats.
Large, intact forests serve as a first line of defense against climate change and help to make the landscape more resilient to threats from invasive species. When forests have the elbow room to grow and persist over time, the pay off in terms of clean air, pure water, flood control, and wildlife habitat is immeasurable.
"We now share a property boundary with Finch Paper and together make good North Country neighbors, with each adding to the Park's economic and cultural engines," said Adirondack Museum Director Caroline Welsh.
As a privately owned property, the Minnow Pond tract is not open to the public. On the opposite side of Routes 28N & 30, however, there is a public hiking trail to the summit of Blue Mountain, where a fire tower offers panoramic views of the surrounding lands.
All previous announcements about The Nature Conservancy's 161,000-acre land conservation project can be found online at www.nature.org/adirondacks.