Wednesday April 24, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. -- State officials have completed the purchase of another piece of the 69,000-acre Adirondack land acquisition announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last summer.

The 9,300 acres purchased Tuesday from The Nature Conservancy for $6.3 million includes scenic OK Slip Falls in Hamilton County and several parcels along the upper Hudson and Indian rivers. The land was formerly owned by the Finch, Pruyn timber company and was acquired by The Nature Conservancy in 2007 as part of a larger 161,000-acre purchase.

The purchase announced Tuesday also includes Casey Brook in Essex County; the Hudson Riverside Ice Meadow tract in Warren County; and the Indian River tract in Essex and Hamilton counties.

The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Park Agency are working on plans for public use of the lands, balancing interests of those seeking easy access with those of wilderness proponents who advocate that motorized vehicles and float planes be excluded.