Newcomb, NY, May 12, 2014 — Two years ago, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo revived the massive Finch, Pruyn land deal, first engineered by the Adirondack Nature Conservancy in 2007, he shifted the terms of a long-running debate over big land conservation projects in the park.
Funding for open space conservation had been under attack in Albany for years, including a moratorium on new spending. Even many Democrats were questioning the value to taxpayers of protecting more "forever wild" land in the park.
The governor turned that debate on its head, arguing that vast tracts of new public lands would be a boon to the state's tourism economy, rather than a costly burden, and would give struggling Adirondack towns a long-needed boost. Go to full article
APA Deputy Director for Planning Jim Connolly gave much of the presentation at Thursday's meeting in Ray Brook. Photo: Brian Mann
Aug 09, 2013 — This week, Adirondack Park Agency commissioners are meeting in an extraordinary two-day session that focuses almost entirely on a single question: How should New York state manage tens of thousands of the former Finch Pruyn timberlands now being added to the "forever wild" forest preserve?
Their answer to that question -- which could come as early as next month -- will literally redraw the Adirondack map, redefining public recreation over a vast area of the North Country. Go to full article