Even More to Boreas Ponds than Meets the Eye
How we're protecting vital lands and transforming communities in New York’s Adirondack Park
The Nature Conservancy’s transfer of the 20,758-acre Boreas Ponds property to New York State is the final land transaction in a historic conservation deal that is protecting globally significant forests and changing the course of history in the Adirondack Park.
What Makes It So Special
Boreas Ponds borders the High Peaks Wilderness, which is part of a unique state forest system inside the
Entry to the park is free and it never closes. Each year, the Adirondack Park welcomes more than one million visitors.
Thanks to more than a century of conservation action, Adirondack forests stand out among their type of forest as some of the largest, most intact contiguous areas on Earth. The remote pockets that escaped
A Historic Deal
In 2007, the Conservancy seized an opportunity to build on the park’s inspiring history by purchasing the largest unprotected timber tract remaining: 161,000 acres, including Boreas Ponds. While these lands boast an impressive collection of natural resources—300 lakes and ponds, 415 miles of rivers and streams, 90 mountains—the protected lands they border magnify their conservation value. In other words, these are not isolated acres, and their conservation value is significantly enhanced by their position inside the Adirondack Park.
Additionally, through this monumental project, the Conservancy and its state partner, the Department of Environmental Conservation, are demonstrating how community prosperity and conservation can go hand-in-hand. With new areas like Boreas Ponds, OK Slip Falls, Essex Chain Lakes and other special places becoming available for public recreation for the first time in more than 100 years, the Conservancy is supporting recreation-based economic development.
It is through projects like this that the Conservancy is doing more than protecting
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