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Christian children's camp buys 130 acres

INDIAN LAKE -- The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter has sold 130 acres in its OK Slip Falls-Blue Ledge property to a local children's summer camp, Northern Frontier Camp.

The Christian camp has owned 38 acres as an in-holding within the 2,940-acre Nature Conservancy tract. It is buying an additional adjoining 130 acres for $452,000, with a conservation easement on one hundred of the acres preventing their development. The conservation easement lands include OK Slip Pond.

The remainder of the conservancy property, 2,800 acres, is scheduled to be transferred to New York state at some point in the future, and will be opened to the public.

The camp lands will not be accessible to the public. Northern Frontier retains the right to access its land via a private right-of-way over the conservancy’s property, Nature Conservancy officials said in an announcement this week.

“Our purchase of this property for addition to our existing ownership at OK Slip Pond will ensure Northern Frontier’s ability to continue its ministry safely and privately,” said Ralph Essery, Director of Northern Frontier Camp.

The OK Slip Falls-Blue Ledges tract was part of the 161,000 acres of former Finch Paper lands the conservancy purchased in 2007. Michael Carr, executive director of the Nature Conservancy's Adirondack Chapter, said Northern Frontier Camp was the only privately owned in-holding on those properties.

Northern Frontier Camp offers summer camp programs for boys ages 8 to 16, and father/son programs. It has operated since 1946.

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