State Land Transfer Update
Last year it was announced that New York State committed to purchase the former Finch Pruyn Lands owned by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). The Club recently received notice from TNC/Finch that the acquisition of the land leased by SMBA, Inc., will be fulfilled within the next 12 month period as part of a larger land acquisition including over 27,000 acres purchased this spring.
- Exclusive rights to recreational activities for SMBA members will remain for the remainder of the SMBA lease period. As such a membership is still required to ride the trails.
- The lease of the SMBA parcel will not be renewed as of September 30, 2013.
- SMBA has been working closely with TNC and the NYSDEC to ensure continued recreational mountain biking on this property if there is an interim period from October 1, 2013 and the final DEC acquisition of the land.
- Current indications are that the land will become State forest and be open to public access. SMBA has expressed to NYSDEC our interest in continuing to maintain the trails in an official capacity and hopes to develop those official agreements as the land transfer progresses. This will require an Adopt-A-Natural-Resource agreement similar to what we have in place at Pittstown State Forest.