It's an exciting time in the Adirondacks as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) oversee the first phase of land purchases from the Finch Paper Company. Governor Cuomo is currently in the Boreas Pond area discussing the land transfers.
|The Essex Chain Tract will be the first segment of land acquired in the deal. This map inset is from the NYSDEC website. For a larger and more detailed map visit the site here.|
There are some complicated legal and governmental aspects of the purchase addressed at the DEC site and in this informative article. The aspect of the story most relevant to Woodcrafters is the potential for new hiking and canoeing opportunities a short drive from camp. The first phase of the purchase is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012. The DEC will legally acquire the land on behalf of the state and it will be the responsibility of the APA to determine the usage classifications of the tracts. How the APA decides to label the land will determine whether the land will be accessible by hikers, horses, motorized vehicles, etc.
A timetable for public access is not yet known. Most likely there will soon be new trails for Woodcrafters to explore. These areas haven't been open to the public for over 150 years and it will be exciting to hear trips reports from the Essex Chain.