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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

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
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

"Green" forester to head RCPA

One of the region's most influential environmental groups has a new leader. Michael Washburn, from Saratoga County, is taking over as head of the Residents Committee toProtect the Adirondacks. Washburn trained as a forester and after working with the US Forest Service has been a leading figure in the sustainable logging movement. Washburn told Brian Mann that encouraging green timber practices will be a growing part of the RCPA's role.  Go to full article

Amendment allows Raquette Lake well in ADK preserve

Next Tuesday, millions of New Yorkers will vote on a constitutional amendment that will determine the future of one tiny Adirondack village. The proposed change would allow the 160 residents of Raquette Lake to draw drinking water from a well that sits on the Adirondack forest preserve. The constitutional amendment is needed because most human structures are banned on state land in the six-million acre park. As Brian Mann reports, the ballot initiative represents a partnership between local government leaders and pro-environment groups.  Go to full article
Jonathan Cale and Celia Evans examine scale on a beech tree near Paul Smiths
Jonathan Cale and Celia Evans examine scale on a beech tree near Paul Smiths

Tracking beech bark disease in the Adirondacks

When it comes to tree ailments you've likely heard of Dutch elm, oak wilt and chestnut blight. But a little-known disease has biologists scratching their heads and spending time in the woods this summer. It's called beech bark disease and it was discovered in Maine and Nova Scotia decades ago. The disease has killed beech trees throughout the Northeast, and it's spreading. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
Newton Falls Mill
Newton Falls Mill

Long-idled Newton Falls paper mill to reopen

The new owners of the Newton Falls paper mill say the plant in southern St. Lawrence County will resume production in two weeks. The plant has sat idle for seven years. Yesterday's announcement follows Governor Eliot Spitzer's decision to spend roughly $1.7 million in state funds to help pay for start-up costs. As Brian Mann reports, ninety workers have already been hired on at the mill.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County conservation deal finalized

One of the last big conservation deals negotiated by the Pataki administration has been finalized. Nearly 52,000 acres in St. Lawrence County will be protected under the deal, according to a statement issued today by DEC commissioner Pete Grannis. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

"Devastating" invasive beetle threatens New York forests

Scientists in New York say a devastating new invasive insect called the Emerald Ash Borer has moved to within seventy-five miles of the state's border. The beetle has been confirmed in northern Pennsylvania, where a quarantine has been established on wood products in four counties. Officials with the Department of Environmental Conservation say as many as one in twelve trees in New York state could be threatened.  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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