This Historic Agreement with New York State Protects 89,000 acres in Adirondacks
In late 2010, The Nature Conservancy announced a historic land agreement with New York State that supports jobs, boosts the State’s economy and, at the same time, preserves 89,000 forested acres concentrated in the geographic heart of the Adirondacks.
The agreement transfers a conservation easement of commercial working forest in the Adirondacks once owned by paper manufacturer Finch, Pruyn to New York State.
Protecting this natural land, owned by ATP Timberland Invest, provides a boost to the economy by helping to keep the forest products industry both competitive and viable.
Forest-related manufacturing and logging contribute $4.5 billion to New York’s economy and employ 39,000 New Yorkers.
The agreement also protects outdoor traditions such as hunting, fishing and snowmobiling which are important parts of Adirondack culture.
Thanks to this easement, snowmobile trails from Newcomb to Long Lake and to Indian Lake will be open this season and links to the east are in the works.
Just as important as the economic benefits of this historic agreement are the environmental benefits of New York’s investment, which include clean air and water.
More than 270 miles of rivers and streams concentrated near the uppermost reaches of the Hudson River will continue to flow through intact forests as a result of this conservation effort.
“This is a great day for all New Yorkers – it’s about finding a healthy balance between nature and people,” said Bill Ulfelder, director of The Nature Conservancy in New York.