April 10, 2013

Camp buys land from Nature Conservancy


---- — INDIAN LAKE — Northern Frontier Camp has purchased land from the Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter in the Town of Indian Lake.

The camp has owned 38 acres in the center of the Nature Conservancy’s 2,940-acre OK Slip Falls-Blue Ledge tract since 1993. It just purchased 130 adjoining acres for $452,000.

Another 2,800 acres of surrounding conservancy property is scheduled to be transferred to New York state at a later date.

One hundred acres of the camp’s newly acquired property, including all of OK Slip Pond, are protected by a conservation easement that does not allow public access.

Northern Frontier retains the right to access its land via a private right-of-way over the conservancy’s property.

“Our purchase of this property for addition to our existing ownership at OK Slip Pond will ensure Northern Frontier’s ability to continue its ministry safely and privately,” Northern Frontier Camp Director Ralph Essery said in a news release.

“The Nature Conservancy’s eventual sale of the balance of the surrounding land to New York state will afford those members of the public who have long desired to see the lovely OK Slip Falls and Blue Ledge the opportunity to do so.”

Michael Carr, executive director of Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter, said the land sale and eventual property transfer “makes sense for Northern Frontier from a business perspective and for the public from a recreational-use perspective.

Boundaries and uses will be more clearly delineated for everyone.”

Northern Frontier Camp offers summer camp programs for boys ages 8 to 16 and father/son programs for ages 6 and older. It has been in operation since 1946.