Sep 03, 2007 — Over the next few months, North Country Public Radio will air an occasional series of interviews and stories looking at the impact of conservation easements. In the last decade, big easement deals have blocked development on more than 700,000 acres of private land in the region, most of it inside the Adirondack Park. Ross Whaley is a former Forest Service economist and former president of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He's currently ending a four-year tenure as head of the Adirondack Park Agency. Whaley told Brian Mann that conservation easements can help local economies by allowing timber harvesting to continue.