ALBANY, N.Y.—The latest phase of New York State's acquisition of 69,000 acres to the State Forest Preserve and $875,000 in available grants for Adirondack State Park projects was announced on Tuesday.
The 69,000 acres formerly owned by Finch Pruyn and Company, will protect miles of waterways and open spaces. The $875,000 will fund hiking, horseback riding trails, biking, snowmobiling and connector trails, as well as smart growth planning.
"Expanding the State Forest Preserve will provide new year-round recreational opportunities to New Yorkers and tourists alike and continue to grow the North Country's economy. Protecting these lands and providing grants for site improvements helps ensure that the Forest Preserve remains an unparalleled natural, recreational, and economic asset available to all visitors," said Governor Cuomo.
Third Phase of Acquisitions of the former Finch Pruyn & Co. Properties
New York State has purchased an additional 8,451 acres of former Finch lands in Fulton, Warren, Essex and Hamilton counties. The State will pay $5.7 million to acquire the tracts from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), using the State's Environmental Protection Funds (EPF). The 14 new parcels contain miles of rivers and streams, ponds, wildlife habitat and trails, and offer exceptional opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing, cross country skiing and mountain biking
$875,000 in Grants for Recreational and Smart Growth Projects
New York's Natural Heritage Trust (NHT), in conjunction with TNC and DEC, is offering grants to local municipalities to support the implementation of projects that will enhance public access to the acquired land. In addition, EPF grants will be available to advance smart growth principles of economic development and environmental protection.