The Lake George Land Conservancy has rejected the Department of Environmental Conservation’s offer to purchase Anthony’s Nose for $325,000.
At a meeting of the Board of Directors, held in February, it was agreed that the Conservancy would maintain the Lake George icon as a preserve unless or until the state agency produces a better offer.
The DEC offered $325,000 not only for Anthony’s Nose, but also for two parcels purchased by the Lake George Land Conservancy to secure the public’s access to Anthony’s Nose and Flat Rock.
The Conservancy paid $1.5 million for Anthony’s Nose in 2000 and $350,000 for the additional parcels in 2014 and 2016.
Interviewed in 2016, Lake George Land Conservancy executive director Jamie Brown said the DEC made a commitment in 2014 to purchase Anthony’s Nose from the Conservancy and wrap it within the Adirondack Forest Preserve, where it would be protected from development in perpetuity.
Neither Brown nor members of the Conservancy’s Board of Directors would comment on the DEC’s offer or the decision to reject it.
Experts on Adirondack Park issues and policies, however, said that it was unusual for the DEC to submit a bid for property so far below its previously appraised value.
“New York State is not in the habit of underpaying for property it wants for the Forest Preserve,” said one veteran of Adirondack conservation issues.
A version of this article first appeared on the Lake George Mirror.
Photo of Anthony’s Nose, courtesy Carl Heilman.