Stables Acquisition Changes From Uncertain to Pending

You may have noticed the recent announcement by Governor Cuomo’s Office that New York State has committed to purchase the former Finch Pruyn Lands that are currently owned by The Nature Conservancy (TNC).  The total area of the lands to be purchased is approximately 69,000 acres, the majority of which lie within the Adirondack Park.  The State will use money from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to purchase the land over the next five years.  The exciting piece of this announcement is that the lands where the SMBA Trails reside in Greenfield are part of this transfer!

The SMBA board members have been in contact with a number of State agencies seeking additional information regarding the proposed transfer.  The information we have received from NYSDEC is that we will be acquired within the next 2-5 years.  The NYSDEC has stressed that this is a very rough timeline and the acquisition schedules are very fluid so it could change at any time.  Once the property is acquired by the State, there will be public meetings to determine appropriate uses of the land.  It will be imperative that our members attend these meetings and provide their input regarding the appropriate uses (i.e. mountain biking).  For several years, the SMBA Board has sent letters to the DEC encouraging the State to recognize recreational resource this land presents and expressing our interest in maintaining the trails once a transfer occurred.

As additional information becomes available we will provide you with updates.   In the short term nothing has changed.  We are still required to maintain our lease and need your membership to support our use of the property, and we thank you for that.  If you have any questions please send an email to:smba@saratogamtb.org.

See below for links to press releases and news articles discussing the transfer:

Governors Press Release:  http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/080512adirondackfinchpruynland

The Nature Conservancy: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/newyork/newsroom/69000-acres-conserved-in-the-adirondacks.xml

News Articles:
Adirondack Almanac: http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2012/08/new-york-state-aquires-69000-acres-from-conservancy.html#more-26014

Times Union: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/State-adds-69-000-acres-to-Adirondack-Park-3764061.php#ixzz22lTVo4t4

Posted by: smba on August 21, 2012 @ 10:14 pm
Filed under: News