2020 : The Forest

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For New Round of Forest Preserve Purchases Competed

New Round of Forest Preserve Purchases Competed

After a period in which the State made very few acquisitions, the pendulum has swung again toward enlarging the Forest Preserve. The Finch land, Follensby Pond and several smaller transactions are done. Taken together, these were the largest Forest Preserve acquisitions in 100 years. General opinion is that these are the last of the big purchases by the State.

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317 Acres on French Mtn Near Lake George Preserved

The parcel is small but it sits between two larger parcels already preserved.

Read the news story here.

OSI Protects 1200 Acres in Moriah

OSI has bought 1200 acres with 5 lakes and ponds plus 2.6 miles of waterfront.

Read the news story here.

OSI Buys 4388 Acres in Southeastern Adk Park

The purchase is in rolling hills near Amsterdam NY and the Sacandaga Reservoir.

Read the news story here.

Adk Land Trust Buys 600 Acres to Add to Bike Trail System

The land in Wilmington and Jay is adjacent to existing Forest Preserve Wild Forest with a large single track trail system.  The system will expand on to the new lands.

Read the news story here.

Conservation Land Goes to Private Buyer, not NYS

The 340 acre Mays Pond tract was owned by the Adk Land Trust to be sold to NYS but local government would not approve of the sale.  So it was sold to a private owner.

Read the news story here.

Land Gift in Johnsburg Goes to the Town, Not the State

The 227 acre gift includes a popular swimming are and an island.  The gift came from the Open Space Institute.  It is to be used as a park forever.

Read the news story here.

NYS to Buy 1285 Acres in Johnsburg

The land is adjacent to existing Forest Preserve.

Read the news story here.

NYS Buys 618 Acres w/4000 Feet of Champlain Shore

The purchase was part of the whole Township 40 amendment settlement.  

Read the news story here.

NYS Adds Two Small Parcels to Forest Preserve

One tract was 848 acres in Warrensburg called Huckleberry Mountain.  The other was 236 acre Marion River Carry near Blue Mountain Lake, which finished up the settlement of the Township 40 amendment.

Read about Huckleberry Mountain here
Read about the Marion River Carry here.

Local conservancy Buys Small Parcels in Bolton and Ft Ann

The small parcels will help with Lake George water quality.

Read the news story here.

Local Conservancy Buys Small Wilmington Parcel

The new parcel will allow connecting of bike trails in two areas.

Read the news story here.

Forest Preserve to Add 25 Acres in Keene

25 acres in Keene has been donated to the Lake Placid Land Conservancy which expects to transfer it to the State.

Read the news item here.

Nature Conservancy Buys 750 Acres on Moose River

The parcel is small but involves some 2 miles of river front.  It is located way down in the Southwest corner of the Park.

Read the news story here.

LGLC Acquires Small Tract Near Lake George

The Lake George Land Conservancy has acquired another small tract near the lake.

Read the news story here.

LGLC to Buy Wetlands Above Lake George

The Lake George Land Conservancy will purchase 65 acres of wetlands above Lake George. Typically such purchases become state land in the future.

Read the news article here.

Land Trust to Buy a Farm, Preserve a View

The Adk Land Trust plans to buy a farm north of Saranac Lake to preserve a view.

Read the news story here.

NYS Completes Final Finch Land Buy

NYS paid $14.5 million for the 20,000 acre Boreas Ponds tract.  This completes the long series of purchases of the old Finch paper company lands.

Read the news story here.

OSI Picks up 800 Acres for Forest Preserve

The 800 acre tract is near Lake George.  

Read about the acquisition here.

LG Conservancy Purchases 140 Acres in Northeastern Lake George

The Lake George Land Conservancy purchased 140 acres of the South Mountain range on the east side of the lake from Washington County for $210,000. The Purchase of the "Reed Property" is part of the South Mountain Initiative to protect the entire ridge. 


Read the news story here

NYS Adds 1,436 Acres to Forest Preserve

The land involved protection of Lake George watershed streams.

Read the news story here.

6200 Acres of Finch Land Acquired by NYS

Only one parcel is left to complete the entire deal.

Read the news story here.

Key Small Parcel in Lake George Acquired

The LG Conservancy bought the 18 acres parcel which opens access to a larger parcel.

Read the news story here.

Second Portion of Finch Sale to Transfer to NYS

This transaction will be small - about 8500 acres spread over 14 parcels.

The specific tracts are cited in the article here.

Cuomo Signs APA Plan for Finch Lands

The APA approved a land use plan for the former Finch lands and it is hailed as a good effort at common ground

Read the news story about the classification here.
Read the Governor's press release here.

Essex Chain of Lakes Opened to Public

The new state land with the new lakes is now open to the public.

Read the news story here.

NYS closes on the first part of the Finch lands

More closings are expected to follow and all will be done in 12 months or so

Read the news story here.

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