ALBANY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday, April 23 announced that New York state closed on 9,300 acres of the former Finch Pruyn lands in the Adirondacks.
The acquisition of these properties was announced in August 2012 by the governor.
The land parcels purchased from the Nature Conservancy include: the OK Slip Falls tract in Hamilton County; the Casey Brook tract in Essex County; the Spruce Point tract in Washington County; the Saddles tract in Washington County; the Hudson Riverside/Ice Meadow Tract in Warren County; and the Indian River tract in Essex and Hamilton counties.
“There is not a more fitting way to celebrate Earth Week than protecting spectacular property in the Adirondack Park that will create tourism opportunities and bring more visitors to this magnificent place,” Cuomo said. “With these newest acquisitions, we are building upon past state investments in the Adirondacks as we enhance a world-class Park that contains a wealth of private and public lands in one of the most beautiful settings on earth.”
As part of this effort, the Nature Conservancy also granted $500,000 to the state to support community connections and economic development linked to the former Finch lands in Newcomb, Minerva, North Hudson, Indian Lake, Long Lake and other towns.
“Thanks to the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo and Commissioner Joe Martens, New York state is strengthening its remarkable conservation legacy with these additions to the Adirondack Park,” said Bill Ulfelder, executive director of the Nature Conservancy in New York. “Keeping the forests, rivers, streams and lakes of the region protected is not only good for tourism, recreation and wildlife, but also helps keep New York’s water clean and reduces the risk of floods during extreme weather events like Hurricanes Irene and Sandy.”
In 2007, the Nature Conservancy purchased the entire 161,000-acre property from Finch Pruyn. The Nature Conservancy sold 90,000 acres to a private company for timber management. The state acquired conservation easements on these lands in 2010 to ensure the lands would be protected and maintained for sustainable, working forests in communities across the North Country.