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October 1, 2012

State land and Adirondack economics

DEC wants Boreas building torn down; local leaders disagree


“I know it’s an issue, though. The state will make these tracts of land accessible, open … and work on tourism opportunities that the land will provide.”


The Finch Camp is a one-story, modern log cabin with electricity. Its wide front porch overlooks Boreas Pond. 

Asked if she thought the building should be removed, Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) said, “No. Why would you? I can see this as a perfect wilderness access point for the physically challenged with fishing sites along this shore.”

“We want to make sure the communities around these places benefit, too,” Martens said when Cuomo and his cabinet members chatted on the lawn.

“There is no reason for bringing that beautiful building down,” Moore said. 

There are several other human-made structures near Boreas Pond, including a much older log cabin.

Moore and Finch forest manager David Osterberg said it was the first house built in North Hudson.

It’s rectangular and squat and sits in what Osterberg referred to as “The Clearing,” an area about 6 miles down the winding logging road.

And there are at least two human-made dams. The Boreas Dam creates an impoundment that is Boreas Pond. The Labierre Dam holds back waters of the flow. Both waterways were used to flood the streams that took timber to the Hudson River.


Moore and other local leaders have been discussing land use with DEC.

They plan to add snowmobile connector trails from North Hudson to Newcomb and hiking routes to Elk Lake, along with mountain-bike trails.

The Boreas tract in North Hudson is just one of 10 land-use discussions that will impact local Adirondack economies in the 69,000-acre deal.

The state is poised to spend $50 million but has not produced any business plan connected to the land purchases.

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