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Essex Chain Lakes open to public

More than 11,000 acres of lands and waters on the Essex Chain Lakes tract in the Adirondacks are now open to the public, declared Gov. Andrew Cuomo today.

This marks the first time in more than a century the property has been open to the public, which is part of an interim plan administered by the state's Department of Environmental Conservation.

“The Essex Chain Lakes and the property that we acquired from Finch Pruyn are magnificent natural resources that New York’s residents and visitors can now enjoy for the first time in more than a century,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Under this initial plan, we can attract tourists and generate much-needed economic activity in the region while at the same time balancing the needs of the communities in the Park and protecting the property for generations to come. This autumn, I encourage the public to explore this undiscovered and incredible part of the Adirondacks.”

Last August the state announced a deal with The Nature Conservancy to takeover 69,000 acres of land, which had been owned by the Finch Pruyn Paper Company. With the opening of the Essex Chain Lakes tract, about 22,000 acres of that area is now open to the public.

Outdoor activities include hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and horse trail riding.

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