he 18,000-acre Essex Chain Lakes tract, located in the central Adirondacks of Upstate New York, features more than 11 lakes and ponds, 14.7 miles of Hudson River shoreline, 8.5 miles of Cedar River shoreline, and two mountains taller than 2,000 feet. It provides habitat for moose, otter, common loon and other wildlife. The Nature Conservancy transferred the property to New York State in December of 2012. As of October 1, 2013, these wonderful resources, now publicly owned and constitutionally protected as forever wild, became fully available to the public for the first time in more than 100 years. As such, they contribute to the Adirondack Park’s unparalleled conservation legacy and its allure as a world-class destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The transfer was the first transaction of a five-year plan, as announced by Governor Cuomo in August 2012, for New York to acquire from the Conservancy a total of 69,000 acres of lands and waters in the Adirondacks. For more information, visit nature.org/heartofadirondacks.