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The Marion River in Hamilton County, a tract that will be preserved by OSI.  (Photo:  OSI website)
The Marion River in Hamilton County, a tract that will be preserved by OSI. (Photo: OSI website)

Marion River Carry in Adirondacks preserved by OSI

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An environmental group based in New York City has purchased an iconic parcel of land in Hamilton County known as the "Marion River Carry."

The Open Space Institute purchased the 295 acres in a deal that will help protect a popular canoe-carry trail linking Raquette Lake and Utowana Lake.

OSI president Kim Elliman released a statement this week saying that "the potential for development made the Marion River a higher, more immediate priority for conservation."

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

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The previous owner had announced plans to build new homes on the parcel, a project that raised concern about the future of the trail.

According to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, OSI paid roughly $2 million for the land.

The route became famous in 1899, when William West Durant built a short railroad along the trail, helping to open the interior of the Adirondacks to tourists.

Read more about the conservation land deal at OSI's website.

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