One month ago, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York State will acquire 69,000 acres of the former Finch Pruyn and other Nature Conservancy lands throughout the Adirondacks over the next five years, including such long-sought after tracts as the Essex Chain Lakes, Boreas Ponds, and OK Slip Falls.
The land acquisition is the largest single addition to the Adirondack Forest Preserve in more than a century, opens some lands that have been closed to the public for more than 150 years, and provide new opportunities for remote communities like Newcomb. Adirondack Almanack contributors have been considering what the new state lands means to our communities, wildlife, economies, and more, in a series of stories about the new lands you may have missed.
The original announcement: New York State Acquires 69,000 Acres From Conservancy [link]
Long-time naturalist Tom Kalinowski looked at why wilderness is important for some species. [link]
Kimberly Rielly considered new tourism and destination planning opportunities and old needs. [link]
John Warren talked with Finch Paper’s forest manages on the State land deal, and the company’s future. [link]
Wilderness advocates Dave Gibson and Dan Plumley argued that the new State lands will strengthen Adirondack ecology and local economics. [link]
Dan Crane argued for management of some of the new lands for trail-less adventures. [link]
Phil Brown asked the next big question: Will the new lands be classified Wilderness or Wild Forest? [link]
You can read all our stories about the former Finch Pruyn lands here.
Photo: OK Slip Falls, part of the new state land purchase.