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Mays Pond, an inholding in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness, will likely sell to a private landowner (Photo: LandVest)
Mays Pond, an inholding in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness, will likely sell to a private landowner (Photo: LandVest)

Small Adirondack land deals may slip through NY's fingers

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This week, the Cuomo administration paid out roughly $1.5 million to land trusts across the state. The money will mostly go to help with administration costs and to fund internships.

In the Adirondacks, much of the land conservation debate over the last few years has focused on historic large-scale deals orchestrated by the Adirondack Nature Conservancy.

The Finch Pruyn and F ollensby projects could lead to the expansion of the Park's forest preserve by tens of thousands of acres.

But while those projects draw the spotlight, and the controversy, green groups say they're worried that smaller but important parcels of land are going unprotected. Brian Mann has our story.

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DEC commissioner Joe Martens (at right) predicts that the backlog of land conservation deals will persist for at least five years.

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Adirondack Bureau Chief

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Editor's Note:  Brian Mann's story on small-scale land deals was reported in partnership with the Adirondack Explorer magazine.  You can read more about small land deals in their May-June issue.  Coming on Monday, Brian reports on an effort to protect open space and shorelines in the Indian River Lakes area in the St. Lawrence Valley.

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