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All these towns were effectively trying to negotiate the best deal they could, knowing that they had in effect a gun to their head...

Some Adirondack towns say they were pressured to support Finch conservation deal

Yesterday, NCPR reported that local governments in the Adirondack Park are deeply divided over the future of the Finch conservation project.

That land deal would add roughly 60,000 acres to the "forever wild" forest preserve.

One reason that the project is still so controversial, four years after it was unveiled, is that many community leaders feel that they were strong-armed into accepting it.

Other town supervisors say they felt the negotiations were fair and productive.

In part two of his special report, Brian Mann looks at the politics and the backroom talks that shaped the Finch deal.  Go to full article
DEC Commissioner Peter Grannis has worked closely with Nature Conservancy leaders
DEC Commissioner Peter Grannis has worked closely with Nature Conservancy leaders

DEC, Nature Conservancy partnership on land deals reshapes Adirondacks

This morning we begin a three-part series looking at the major land acquisitions that are reshaping the Adirondack Park. Hundreds of thousands of acres have changed hands in the Adirondacks, bought from private owners by New York State. This week we'll look at how those sometimes controversial deals are made, and who makes them.
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced earlier this month that they will investigate the 2008 purchase of 20,000 acres in Clinton County, and tomorrow we'll look at that current controversy.

Today, we start with the big picture.
Many of these big land deals have resulted from a close partnership between the state Department of Environmental Conservation and one environmental group: the Adirondack Nature Conservancy.
Supporters praise the partnership for facilitating protection of prized lakes, mountains and open space. Critics say the relationship is too close and warrants more scrutiny. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Finch Pruyn deal at risk as governor proposes moratorium on Adirondack land buys

Governor Paterson's budget plan would slash also tens of millions of dollars from environmental and land conservation programs. In the proposal unveiled yesterday, state officials say new land purchases in the Adirondack Park should be suspended at least through 2012. The news comes at a time when the Adirondack Nature Conservancy is hoping to sell more than 50,000 acres of timberland to the state. Martha Foley has details.  Go to full article
Follensby Pond is one of the parcels at the heart of the Open Space debate (Source: Nature Conservancy)
Follensby Pond is one of the parcels at the heart of the Open Space debate (Source: Nature Conservancy)

NY shifts focus away from big Adirondack land purchases

Governor Paterson's administration has unveiled its new Open Space Plan for New York state. This is the document that shapes much of Albany's conservation agenda. The new draft plan aims to shift the focus away from major land purchases. The 2009 version puts more weight on climate change and healthy communities. The new document comes at a time when two landmark conservation deals are still being hammered out in the Adirondacks. They include the Follensby Pond tract near Tupper Lake and the massive Finch, Pruyn project--both spearheaded by the Adirondack Nature Conservancy. Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann talked about the Open Space plan with Martha Foley.

Note: Public hearings on the Open Space plan will be held in the North Country this month, with sessions in Ray Brook and Watertown on January 22.  Go to full article
Exploring a valley of the Adirondacks
Exploring a valley of the Adirondacks

Big conservation deal opens new windows for research in the Adirondacks

In the deepest valleys of the Adirondack Mountains, scientists are exploring forests and wetlands that have been hidden away for decades. Researchers with New York state and the Nature Conservancy are surveying tens of thousands of acres of land acquired last year as part of the massive Finch-Pruyn deal. Discoveries made this summer will shape conservation and timber harvesting in the Adirondacks for decades. Here's part one of Brian Mann's two-part report.  Go to full article
OK Slip Falls, one of the prizes of the Finch, Pruyn deal (Photo:  C. Heilman, courtesy of Adk Nature Conservancy)
OK Slip Falls, one of the prizes of the Finch, Pruyn deal (Photo: C. Heilman, courtesy of Adk Nature Conservancy)

NY to expand forest preserve with massive piece of Finch, Pruyn tract

State environment officials and the Nature Conservancy say they've struck a deal that will protect more than 134,000 acres of timberland in the Adirondacks. The plan, unveiled late Thursday, was described as historic by DEC commissioner Pete Grannis. It will affect most of the former Finch, Pruyn lands, which the Nature Conservancy purchased last year for $110 million. 57,000 acres will be added to the state forest preserve. Another 73,000 acres will continue to be logged, but all other forms of development will be blocked by conservation easements. Most of the land lies in the towns of Newcomb, Minerva, Long Lake, Indian Lake, and North Hudson. State officials say it's not clear how much taxpayers will pay for the massive preservation deal. Local government leaders have raised concerns about the impact on local economies and the lack of public hearings for the project. But backers of the plan say it strikes a balance between the needs of local communities and the environment.

Brian Mann spoke with Mike Carr, head of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy, and with DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis.  Go to full article

Local government leaders praise Finch deal

Local government leaders don't often favor big conservation deals. But the plan unveiled Thursday drew glowing reviews from town supervisors in Indian Lake and Long Lake. Town boards haven't had a chance to review the deal in detail, but Long Lake's Greg Wallace described it as a "win-win" project. He spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

More on the Nature Conservancy land deal

Martha Foley talks with NCPR Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann a little more about the land deal unveiled yesterday.  Go to full article
Finch Pruyn's holdings include the Boreas Ponds (Photo courtesy of the Adirondack Explorer magazine)
Finch Pruyn's holdings include the Boreas Ponds (Photo courtesy of the Adirondack Explorer magazine)

Frinch Pruyn hopes to sell all assets in the Adirondack-North Country

Finch Pruyn, the biggest private employer and one of the largest landowners in the North Country, has announced it hopes to sell all its assets. Jonathan Brown has details.  Go to full article
Finch, Pruyn in the early 1900s
Finch, Pruyn in the early 1900s

Finch, Pruyn To Sell Glens Falls Mill

Officials at Finch, Pruyn & Company say they plan to sell their paper mill in Glens Falls. The plant has anchored the region's economy for over a century and employs roughly 850 workers. As Brian Mann reports, the company says there are no plans to shut down the plant.  Go to full article

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