May 27, 2003 — Bidding closed last week on more than 120,000 acres of land in the Adirondacks and Vermont owned by Hancock Timber Resources Group. Company spokesman Henry Whittemore says Hancock did receive multiple bids. Officials are now analyzing them before the company decides whether to sell.
The land sale worries sportsmen in St. Lawrence County, who fear they could lose hunting clubs and ATV trails to conservation. But some are pointing to another large land purchase in northern New York they say could serve as a model to bring environmentalists and sportsmen together. Last summer, David Sommerstein visited the 45,000 acre "East Branch of Fish Creek Working Forest" on the Tug Hill Plateau.