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Finch Paper Reacquires 1,700-acre Tract in Indian Lake

Three years after the Nature Conservancy bought tens of thousands of acres of timberland from the Finch Pruyn paper company, the company is buying some of the land back near the town of Indian Lake. The sale is part of a complex plan to return some of the land to private ownership, or to ownership by local towns. Chris Morris has our story.

Also yesterday, an environmental group called the Open Space Institute announced that it had acquired a conservation easement on 1400 acres in Essex County.
The deal will prevent future commercial or real estate development on a section of forest that includes the shore of Butternut Pond and part of Poke-O-Mmoonshine Mountain.
The land will remain in private ownership. But the conservation easement was donated to the green group by the family of Eric Johansen. Logging will still be allowed on the property.  Go to full article
OK Slip Falls would be protected as part of the Finch deal (Photo: C. Heilman, courtesy of Nature Conservancy)
OK Slip Falls would be protected as part of the Finch deal (Photo: C. Heilman, courtesy of Nature Conservancy)

State DEC confirms that Finch, Pruyn deal "will have to wait"

State officials have confirmed that a plan to add more than sixty thousand acres of land to the Adirondack forest preserve is on hold until the state budget crisis has passed. The massive project, known as the Finch, Pruyn deal, was hailed by Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis when it was unveiled in 2007. The state's decision leaves the Adirondack Nature Conservancy holding more than $80 million of debt. Environmentalists were angered by this week's decision. But as Brian Mann reports, some critics are questioning whether the project should go forward at all.  Go to full article

Sen. Little on Adirondack land purchases: ?when is enough enough??

This week, North Country Public Radio has been looking at the changing economics of big land purchases, in the Adirondacks, Vermont and across the Northeast. Land prices are down, making big parcels more affordable. But state budgets and private donations are down, too, meaning there are fewer dollars to spend on land conservation. State Senator Betty Little, from Queensbury, says it's time to re-evaluate whether more land purchases make sense, given New York state's massive budget shortfalls. Little is lobbying for additional parcels of the Finch, Pruyn land to be sold to logging companies - with conservation easements - rather than added to the Adirondack forest preserve. She spoke with Jonathan Brown.  Go to full article

APA gets Finch-Pruyn update

The head of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy says he thinks it'll be at least three years before his group completes a series of transactions with the state that will protect tens of thousands of acres of former Finch-Pruyn timberlands. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
A bog near Blue Mountain Lake, part of the Finch Pruyn timber easement
A bog near Blue Mountain Lake, part of the Finch Pruyn timber easement

Carnivorous pitcher plants and rolling thunder grace an ancient Adirondack bog

Huge conservation deals over the last decade have protected nearly a million acres of land in the Adirondacks. The deals allow timber harvesting to continue. But scientists say they also protect crucial habitats and eco-systems. In part two of his report on the Finch, Pruyn easement negotiated by the Adirondack Nature Conservancy Brian Mann sends an audio postcard from a bog near Blue Mountain Lake.  Go to full article
Finch Pruyn deal changes Adirondack conservation map (Source: ANC)
Finch Pruyn deal changes Adirondack conservation map (Source: ANC)

In-depth: Finch, Pruyn deal affects communities, industry

The agreement last year that will preserve 161,000 acres of Finch Pruyn Paper company land is so large that it's reshaping the debate over conservation and economic development in the Adirondacks. The Adirondack Nature Conservancy engineered the $110 million purchase. Over the next four months, the green group will produce a management plan for the huge tract, which spreads over six counties and dozens of towns. The conservancy hopes to quickly sell much of the land and conservation easements to the state, at a price tag that could top $50 million. Other parcels will be sold for private development or to timber management companies. Brian Mann spoke at length about the project with the Adirondack Nature Conservancy's executive director, Mike Carr. Carr says there won't be a public process for the Finch, Pruyn project--no public hearings or formal comment period. But the Nature Conservancy is reaching out to as many local residents and officials as possible before next spring.  Go to full article
The Boreas Ponds are one of the gems of the Adk Nature Conservancy deal (Source: ANC)
The Boreas Ponds are one of the gems of the Adk Nature Conservancy deal (Source: ANC)

In-depth: Finch deal protects Adk lands, shifts debate

The Nature Conservancy deal with Finch, Pruyn, announced last summer, has drawn criticism and accolades. Local government leaders have questioned its impacts on communities, while green groups in the region heralded the acquisition as one of the biggest environmental coups of the last half-century. The architect of the project is Mike Carr, executive director of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy. Carr lives in Keene Valley and has deep family roots in the North Country. Overnight, the Finch, Pruyn deal made him into one of the most influential men in the region. The decisions he makes over the next few months will resonate far beyond conservation, affecting a half-dozen Adirondack communities, as well as local economies. Some of the 161,000 acres will go into the forest preserve, but other pieces will continue in timber production or be sold for private development. Mike Carr sat down recently to talk at length about his expanding role with Brian Mann. This is the first part of their conversation.  Go to full article

Sen. Little joins call for Adk forest preserve moratorium

State Senator Betty Little has joined North Country Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward in calling for a moratorium on state land purchases in the Adirondack Park. Martha Foley has details.  Go to full article

Moratorium on Park land purchases would affect Finch, Pruyn deal

We first reported yesterday that state Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward from Willsboro is proposing that new state land purchases in the Adirondacks and the Catskills be suspended. Sayward says a court battle over property tax payments, known as the Dillenburg case, should be settled before any more land is added to the forest preserve. A judge ruled late last year that the state's system for paying taxes on public land is arbitrary and unfair and should be scrapped. The loss of those revenues would destroy local governments in the Adirondacks. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has appealed the Dillenburg ruling. But in a public letter, Sayward urged Governor Spitzer and DEC Commissioner Peter Grannis to "place a moratorium on any further land purchases...until the issue is resolved in the courts." Sayward's proposal comes at a time when the Adirondack Nature Conservancy is hoping that the state will purchase big chunks of land and conservation easements on the former Finch, Pruyn lands. Mike Carr is the Nature Conservancy's executive director. The Nature Conservancy borrowed more than $100 million to finance the Finch, Pruyn deal, which covers roughly 161,000 acres in the Adirondacks. In an interview with Brian Mann, held before Assemblywoman Sayward proposed the moratorium, Carr said parts of the property could be sold to the state as early as next spring. But Carr acknowledged that the Dillenburg case had raised new questions.  Go to full article
Land deal areas within the Blue Line
Land deal areas within the Blue Line

Conservancy buys 160,000-acre Finch Pruyn lands

The Adirondack Nature Conservancy unveiled a massive land deal yesterday. The Keene Valley-based group acquired more than 160,000 acres of timberland. Purchase price: $110 million. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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