NEWCOMB - Although Gov. David Paterson has proposed a two-year moratorium on state land purchases, New York State still plans to move forward with a conservation easement which will allow Newcomb and other local communities to develop snowmobile trail connections.
The agreement will open 89,000 acres of Adirondack timberland to new snowmobiling and other recreational opportunities, according to Mike Carr, executive director of the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
The plan was part of a massive land acquisition by The Nature Conservancy in 2007 of 161,000 acres from the Finch Pruyn Mill in Glens Falls.
The new snowmobile trails will include connections between the towns of Newcomb and North Hudson along the Boreas River, between the towns of Newcomb and Indian Lake as well as between the towns of Newcomb and Minerva.
The new system will open up about 60 miles of new trail, according to Newcomb Supervisor, George Canon.
"The trails will be ridable next season," he said.
A considerable amount of work is yet to be done on the trails, but Canon is hopeful that their acquisition will be a positive addition to the town of Newcomb.
"These trails would open up a travel route to the Old Forge trail system and that's a big deal," he said.
Discussion are being planned between the involved communities as to who will maintain the trails and provide grooming services, he said.