Within the six million acre Adirondack Park exists roughly 2.6 million acres of state land that is open to the public for all kinds of outdoor recreational activities. Thanks to two recent land acquisitions by New York State, the Forest Preserve is now a little bit larger: 1,144 acres in fact!
Photo Credit: Peggy Olney Brownell
Huckleberry Mountain Lands (848 Acres)
As part of the ongoing effort to preserve open space in the Adirondacks, New York State has used $410,000 from their Environmental Protection Fund to purchase the Huckleberry Mountain Lands from the Open Space Institute, a nonprofit land conservation organization.
Located in the Town of Warrensburg in the southeastern Adirondacks, this 848-acre property contains large wetland complexes, a pond, and upland hardwoods which support a wide variety of reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, and other regional species.
Previously, the property was privately owned, which made management and public access difficult. Now that it’s been added to the Adirondack Forest Preserve as part of the Lake George Wild Forest, members of the public will be able to traverse the area with ease.
For visitors to the Lake George Region, the Huckleberry Mountain Lands will be a prime new location for hiking, biking, camping, and nature observation. It can be accessed at the end of Alden Ave in Warrensburg or from the Hudson River Recreation Area into the Lake George Wild Forest.
Marion River Carry (296 Acres)
Located in the Town of Long Lake, the Marion River Carry was acquired by New York State as part of a settlement with Raquette Lake occupants within Township 40.
For over 100 years, New York State and landowners in an area called Township 40 in Raquette Lake entered into a dispute involving tax sales and unclear land titles. The state and private owners laid claim to certain parcels, and both sides couldn’t come to an agreement.
However, by working together with local residents, businesses, and elected officials, a settlement between the two groups was decided upon. In exchange for New York State giving up their claims to the parcels, the landowners would contribute funds for the state to purchase land elsewhere.
That piece of land would be the Marion River Carry, which was purchased by the Open Space Institute and acquired by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). As a new addition to the Forest Preserve, the public will be able to use the property’s portage trail to travel between Blue Mountain, Utowana, and Raquette Lakes and beyond.
Are you excited for the chance to explore these new public lands?