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Some of the new land acquired by Newcomb. Photo: Carl Heilman.
Some of the new land acquired by Newcomb. Photo: Carl Heilman.

Newcomb buys former timberland for development

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The Town of Newcomb in the central Adirondacks has purchased 348 acres from The Nature Conservancy for development projects along Route 28N.

The deal is part of a series of transactions involving former Finch, Pruyn paper company lands bought by the conservancy five years ago.

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In a press release from the Nature Conservancy, Newcomb Town Supervisor George Canon said,   “There are all kinds of options for these lands."

He said a triangular-shaped tract near the intersection of the Tahawus Road and State Route 28N is probably the most important acquisition.  It’s been used for temporary storage of logs and logging equipment.

The 20 acre parcel is zoned for industrial use, and  has potential to attract private enterprise. Newcomb Central School wants to convert a building on another parcel for use as a dormitory.

Newcomb paid $256,000 for a total of 348 acre.

A 324-acre tract may be used to expand the High Peaks Golf Course from nine holes to 18, and for cross country ski trails. 

The parcels were part of The Nature Conservancy's 2007 purchase of 161,000 acres of Finch, Pruyn & Co. timberland.

The overall conservation plan includes commercial working forests and new state lands. The conservancy sold 92,000 acres to a private timber company. New York State purchased a conservation easement on 89,000 acres. The conservancy still holds 65,000 acres for eventual outraight transfer to the state.

The new state lands will be open for public recreational uses, including for hunting, hiking, fishing and other activities.

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