This is the centerpiece of New York’s newest tract of Forest Preserve. Protect the Adirondacks cheers the state’s acquisition of the Boreas Ponds in the Town of North Hudson, Essex County, in the southern High Peaks. This 20,000-acre tract was part of the historic purchase of over 161,000 acres by the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy in 2007 of the former Finch, Pruyn & Company lands. The state paid $14.5 million for the Boreas Ponds lands form the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.The purchase, completed on April 5th, marks the end of a 5-year agreement by the state to purchase 69,000 acres announced in 2012. These lands included tracts in the southern Adirondacks around the West Stony Creek Valley, the Hudson Gorge, the Essex Chain Lakes, and the MacIntyre tracts on the flanks of the southern High Peaks. In 2010, the Nature Conservancy sold a 95,000 conservation easement to the state.
Photo: An aerial of the Boreas Ponds with the High Peaks in the background.
Love the Adirondacks!