The Adirondack Park Agency plans to hold eight hearings around the state to explain options for managing 21,200 acres of former Finch, Pruyn lands and up 24,200 acres of adjacent Forest Preserve. The agency also will gather input from the public on the management and use of the lands.
The APA board is expected to adopt one of the options—possibly with alterations—at its August or September meeting.
The state recently bought the 21,200 acres from the Nature Conservancy, which acquired some 161,000 acres from Finch, Pruyn & Company in 2007. The state intends to buy a total of 65,000 acres of former Finch lands over the next few years.
The APA has set forth seven options for classifying the lands so far acquired. All of them call for creation of a Hudson Gorge Wilderness Area. They differ mainly in the classification of the Essex Chain Lakes and in the degree of motorized access to the Essex Chain and the Hudson.
Adirondack Almanack is running a series of articles explaining the options. You can read the first installment here.
As reported earlier, the first hearing will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the APA offices in Ray Brook. Following is the schedule for the other hearings:
- June 17. Minerva Central School in Olmstedville, 1 p.m.
- June 17. Newcomb Central School in Newcomb, 7 p.m.
- June 19. Location to be determined in New York City, 7 p.m.
- June 25. Indian Lake Central School in Indian Lake, 6 p.m.
- July 1. The Harley School, Rochester, 7 p.m.
- July 2. Department of Environmental Conservation headquarters, Albany, 1 p.m.
- July 2. Warren County Offices, Lake George, 7 p.m.
Written comments should be submitted by July 19 to APA Deputy Director James Connolly at P.O. Box 99, Ray Brook, NY 12977 or [email protected]
Click here to read a summary of the APA options or the link below to read the APA’s discussion of options (pdf).
Photo of Essex Chain Lakes by Carl Heilman II.