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Adirondack Town Buys Former Timberland for Development

By Pat Bradley

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Newcomb, NY – The town of Newcomb in the central Adirondacks has purchased 348 acres from the Nature Conservancy to develop three parcels. The land is part of the conservancy's 2007 purchase of 161,000 acres of Finch, Pruyn timberland. Conservancy Executive Director Michael Carr says they have been working with 27 communities to learn how the land can be used.

Carr says this sale is an investment in the Adirondack economy that preserves conservation efforts. Town of Newcomb Supervisor George Cannon says while they don't have specific uses set for the land, they hope to enhance tourism and economic development opportunities.

Adirondack Council Spokesman John Sheehan says if Newcomb can find a way to work with the Nature Conservancy to both enhance the community and set aside land for protection, it's good progress for all of the Adirondacks.

The Nature Conservancy sold 92,000 acres of the tract to ATP Timberland Investments in 2009 and sold conservation easements on 89,000 acres to New York State in 2010. Newcomb paid nearly $257-thousand dollars for their three parcels. Adirondack Wild Partner Dave Gibson is pleased that the land protection plan is moving forward.

The Nature Conservancy says the sale of the land is part of a balanced conservation plan that includes commercial working forests and new state lands.