Wilderness around the country is quickly vanishing. We need to protect the wild lands and keep them available to everyone. This Finch Pruyn land has more than 180 miles of rivers and streams, 175 pristine lakes and ponds, and more than 465 miles of shoreline. The Essex Chain of Lakes, Boreas Ponds and OK Slip Falls, as well as the Hudson River Gorge, can be found in this vast forest.
There will be active forest management on some sections of the property, but the recreational opportunities are endless. Premier hunting and fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, paddling, cross-country skiing and a snowmobile trail system will be available to everyone once the deal is final.
If this great area had been sold to developers and private individuals, the public would be locked out forever because once the posted signs go up, it’s all over.
This beautiful property is not the end. Other paper companies will leave the state and other private lands are being added to the state’s holdings every year.
But remember, we are the state. The great Adirondack Park belongs to all of us.
We should be grateful that organizations such as the Nature Conservancy and others have the funds and are determined to help save our vanishing wilderness.
Rick Brockway writes a weekly outdoors column for The Daily Star. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.