Jerry Delaney, president of the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board, opposed the state land acquisition.
That entity’s research suggests the land addition would delete 300 forestry-related jobs before creating new ones.
“It would make more sense to define how the tracts are classified by assessing how land use would impact towns around them,” Delaney said.
“If we’re going to open up the Adirondack’s most beautiful places, let’s open them up. I think the Finch Camp should be open to the public — maintained and run for access to the people who can’t walk 7 miles, whether it be a family with children or people with disabilities, war veterans included.”
NEXT BIG HURDLE
The Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages took a similar stance when Cuomo announced the land acquisition.
“Removing 60,000 acres of productive forest from the wood basket that supplies fiber for making the world’s finest paper ... that will fuel the emerging bio-mass market and the countless jobs that go with these opportunities ... is not an economic hand-up, rather a boot across our necks,” the association said in a statement denouncing the deal.
The barrier, it suggests, is Article XIV, the Forever Wild clause.
“That’s going to be the next big hurdle in the discussion,” Moore said.
“Where are you going to make that defining line between Wilderness and Forest Preserve? We have supported this land purchase because of the economic possibilities.
“We have no gas station in North Hudson anymore. We have no stores. We’re hoping this will be a boost to getting those facilities back.”
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