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Long Lake makes land purchase

The town has bought 46 acres of former Finch Pruyn land from The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter for $36,720.

The land on Tarbell Hill Road was part of 161,000 acres across the Adirondacks The Nature Conservancy bought from Finch Pruyn & Co. in 2007, and a piece targeted for possible sale to the local community.

Initially, the Hamilton County community was interested in the parcel as a potential municipal well site. Tests, however, didn't find enough groundwater to meet community needs, and the town instead wants to consider potential uses like gravel excavation, timber harvesting and nature trails.
“We appreciate this opportunity and believe it is a good investment for the town. It keeps our options open,” said Long Lake Town Supervisor Clark Seaman.

It is the second time in just over a month The Nature Conservancy has sold some its Adirondack acquisitions to a local community. In early February, it sold 348 acres to the town of Newcomb for $256,591.

Nature Conservancy officials said its part of an effort to listen to what local communities want and aid them with economic development.

“We listened hard to town officials’ interests and are delighted to have reached another key milestone in this historic conservation project,” said Michael Carr, executive director of the Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter.

The Tarbell Hill Road parcel was subdivided from an adjacent 14,400-acre block of commercial working forest protected by a conservation easement.

Carr said the sale furthers the broader plan for the former Finch Pruyn lands, to protect 92,000 acres with conservation easements while allowing them to remain commercial timberlands with snowmobile connector trails, and calls for 65,000 acres to be sold to the state to become part of the forever-wild Forest Preserve. More than 1,000 acres in three towns are set aside for community purposes.

“The conservation plan does more than represent our collective commitment to clean air, clean water and healthy forests for current and future generations,” Carr said. “It meets the needs of loggers, business owners, wildlife, and the tens of thousands of local residents and millions of visitors who use Adirondack forests for recreation.”

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