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The Domtar conservation deal is drawing new scrutiny, including an Attorney General probe.  (Source:  TNC)
The Domtar conservation deal is drawing new scrutiny, including an Attorney General probe. (Source: TNC)

DEC-Nature Conservancy land deal in Clinton County draws new scrutiny

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This week, North Country Public Radio is looking in-depth at the big conservation land deals that are reshaping the Adirondack Park.

The New York Post has raised allegations that one of those deals, in Clinton County, was mishandled. According to an article published earlier this month, the Department of Environmental Conservation overpaid for land near Lyon Mountain by millions of dollars. The paper's sources described the 2008 sale as a "sweetheart" deal designed to benefit the Adirondack Nature Conservancy.

But as Brian Mann reports, it appears that the land sale included a series of checks and balances designed to insure a fair deal.

We'll conclude our series on major Adirondack land conservation deals tomorrow with a look at the Adirondack Local Government Review Board and its role.

Note: The audio of journalist Fred Dicker talking about the Domtar deal comes from his radio program on the Albany station Talk 1300.

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