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October 1, 2012

State land and Adirondack economics

DEC wants Boreas building torn down; local leaders disagree

NORTH HUDSON — The other shoe falls with every step, signifying motion.

In North Hudson, the other shoe is stepping toward renewed growth, with 22,081 acres at Boreas Pond there slated to become state forestland in five years.

The land is bordered by the towns of Keene and Newcomb.

“There’s going to be a lot of discussion whether or not there will be access to the main Finch Pruyn Camp,” Supervisor Ronald J. Moore (North Hudson) said.

The camp building, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo met with his cabinet and reporters on Sunday, was built in 1995. 

It has a kitchen, a great room with open fireplace, a restroom and some sleeping quarters.

It is slated to be torn down when the state buys Boreas Pond.

‘DON’T TEAR IT DOWN’

Commissioner Joe Martens affirmed that DEC wants to remove the former Finch executive camp, a change that could switch land use to the more “primeval character” of Wilderness.

“No, it shouldn’t be torn down,” Moore said when asked about that idea.

“I liken its location to the ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) Loj at Heart Lake. But Heart Lake property is private, while the state is going to own this. The state is likely not going to get into the business of running a ‘post’ like that,” Moore said. 

“Is there a way that we could make that as our outpost here? Could we create some leasing opportunity through, say ADK? It is similar to John’s Brook (lodge in Keene), as well. But, in order to do that, the state land classification is going to have to be Wild Forest.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was asked during his visit Sunday if the state would remove the Finch Camp. 

“That’s one of the points they have to take a look at,” he said. “I don’t know what the answer is.

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