NORTH HUDSON, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday the completion of the State’s largest Adirondack land acquisition to the preserve in more than 100 years, with the purchase of the 20,758-acre Boreas Ponds Tract.
The Tract is located primarily in the town of North Hudson in Essex County, south of the High Peaks Wilderness Area.
The state purchased the tract with $14.5 million from the Environmental Protection Fund. The move means the state can now provide resources to protect what the governor calls the Tract’s “remote character”, while expanding outdoor recreation opportunities including hunting, hiking, paddling and wildlife observation.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says it is in the process of developing plans to provide trails, parking lots and waterway access sites for public use in the summer. Currently, the public may access and enjoy the trails and waterways in the new park addition by non-motorized means only.
The Nature Conservancy, a worldwide charitable organization focusing on environmental issues, also announced plans to provide an additional $750,000 in grants to be administered by the DEC. The money will assist local municipalities to enhance local tourism infrastructure and assist in further expanding economic development initiatives in the Adirondack Park.
“By acquiring this remarkable tract, we are helping to conserve the region’s natural beauty while also creating new economic opportunities for communities in the park,” said Governor Cuomo. “This will provide even more unparalleled settings for outdoor tourism and recreation, and I encourage New Yorkers to visit the region and see what they’ve been missing.”
Boreas Ponds, the namesake of the tract, form a 320-acre body of water, now one of the largest in the park completely surrounded by Forest Preserve. The tract also contains the summits of the Boreas Mountain Range, which allows spectacular views of mountains in the High Peaks Wilderness, like Marcy, Haystack, Gothics and Saddleback.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday the completion of the State’s largest Adirondack land acquisition in more than 100 years, with the purchase of the 20,758-acre Boreas Ponds Tract..