North Hudson Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and state officials visited North Hudson Sept. 29.
Cuomo, cabinet commissioners and administration senior staff traveled to Boreas Ponds, located among the 69,000 acres that were recently acquired by the state and are now part of the Adirondack State Park.
The trip was designed to help promote tourism in the Adirondack Park and find new ways to attract tourists from around the world. The governor an state officials were joined by local elected representatives and economic development officials.
The Boreas Ponds are located in the town of North Hudson and border the High Peaks and Dix Mountain Wilderness Areas along the northern boundary. The property features the Boreas Ponds and provides abundant opportunities for hiking, paddling, hunting, trapping, camping, fishing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
In Greek mythology, Boreas is the god of the North Wind and bringer of the winter. Boreas means “North Wind” or “Devouring One,” according to the writings of Pausanias.
In August, the governor announced the state’s acquisition of 69,000 acres of the former Finch Pruyn and other Nature Conservancy lands throughout the Adirondacks. The acquisition was the largest single addition to the Adirondack State Forest Preserve in more than a century.
The entire 69,000 acres will become part of the “forever wild” forest preserve. The former Finch lands contain recreational and environmental assets which will be opened to public use for the first time in more than 150 years. The lands contain a variety of mountains, cliffs, wilderness lakes, ponds, bogs, fens, swamps, alluvial forests, and flat and white-water rivers. The parcels contain habitat for mammals, such as moose, bobcat and black bear, and aquatic habitat for brook trout, landlocked salmon, and small and largemouth bass.
The 69,000-acres include 180 miles of rivers and streams, 175 lakes and ponds, 465 miles of undeveloped shoreline along rivers, streams, lakes and ponds, six mountains taller than 2,000 feet and many smaller hills.