The Nature Conservancy’s Bill Ulfelder and Gov. Andrew Cuomo sign off on the land deal to transfer 63,000 of former Finch Pruyn land to the state.
Photo by Keith Lobdell.
continued Cuomo said that he was aware that there have been many disputes and disagreements that have gone along with the acquisition.
“This has been large, complicated and not without controversy,” Cuomo said. “But big things that are worth doing in the long run take dialogue and time and have differing opinions.”
One of those topic is the future of numerous hunting camps that were leased out through the Finch Pruyn company and will now have to shut down.
“There are several leases for hunting clubs that were made over 10 years in length as this has been worked out,” Martens said. “As these leases come up and expire, they will be phased out over time.”
The full land acquisition will take place over the next five years, but Martens said that they hope to create accessibility to a majority of the lands involved in the deal “within the next few months.”
The purchase includes numerous tracts inside and outside the Adirondack Park’s “Blue Line,” including the McIntyre Tracts in the town of Newcomb, the Boreas Ponds Tract in the towns of North Hudson and Newcomb, the Essex Chain Tract in the towns of Minerva and Newcomb, the OK Slip Pond Tract in the town of Indian Lake, the Ice Meadows Tract in the town of Chester, and the Benson Road Tract west of Northville.