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Brian Mann interviews Mike Carr, head of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy.  His group is devoting $500,000 to helping spark new economic projects in the Park near the former Finch Pruyn timberlands (NCPR file photo)
Brian Mann interviews Mike Carr, head of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy. His group is devoting $500,000 to helping spark new economic projects in the Park near the former Finch Pruyn timberlands (NCPR file photo)

Adirondack Nature Conservancy offers $500,000 to boost jobs

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The Adirondack Nature Conservancy says it will provide $500,000 in grant funds to help businesses and communities developing new projects around the former Finch Pruyn timberlands.

Tens of thousands of acres of land in Indian Lake, Minerva, and Newcomb are being added to the state forest preserve. Governor Andrew Cuomo has argued that the new lands will help boost the Park's tourism economy.

The Conservancy's Mike Carr says this grant fund is designed to help make that happen.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

"We feel an obligation to continue our stakeholder outreach with the communities involved int he transaction because of it's scale," said Adirondack Nature Conservancy executive director Mike Carr.

He said communities were already identifying "opportunities" for developing projects in the area near the Essex Chain of Lakes and the Hudson River that would "connect people to nature on some of these new lands — that's the goal."

Carr described the half-million dollar amount as "seed money" to help launch projects.   Criteria for applying for the grants is still being worked out and Carr says the money is still be raised from private donors.

The fund will be operated by the Nature Conservancy in partnership with the state of New York's Natural Heritage Trust program.  This announcement comes as the state's comment period on management of the new Finch Lands winds to a close.

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