SUNY ESF reaches agreement with APA on Newcomb VIC

NEWCOMB - Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNYESF) officials announced an agreement last week that will ensure the Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) in Newcomb continues to serve as an important environmental programming facility. The APA will transfer ownership of the state-run buildings and equipment to SUNY-ESF July 1 with no exchange of payment. Over the next several months, the college will begin a transitional period with a goal to manage future Newcomb VIC programs. During this period, SUNY-ESF will integrate operations of its Adirondack Ecological Center and the Northern Forest Institute at the Newcomb VIC facility.

APA and SUNY ESF officials joined Newcomb Supervisor George Canon at the VIC in Newcomb to speak publically about the transfer.

"The Agency is pleased that the great legacy of environmental programs performed so effectively by our dedicated Newcomb VIC staff will continue under the leadership of SUNY-ESF," said APA chairman Curtis F. Stiles. "Over the past two decades, hundreds of thousands of people experienced firsthand the wonders of nature because of the Newcomb VIC and its loyal staff. We commend SUNY-ESF for coming forward in these difficult financial times and providing this opportunity to continue educating people on the importance of conservation and preservation."

The agreement includes the transfer of all state-owned buildings on the 236-acre Newcomb site. The 6,000-square-foot main public assembly building with its 150-seat multiple purpose room, 700-square-foot exhibit room and staff offices as well as an adjacent 2,500-square-foot garage and classroom building will be surrendered to SUNY-ESF.

After Dec. 31, programming needs in reference to staffing, hours of operations, public visitation, special programs inclusive of groups and schools, off site programs and outreach will be directly managed and funded by SUNY-ESF. Trails and facilities will continue to be open to the public free of charge.

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