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Newcomb acquires properties from The Nature Conservancy

January 31st, 2012 · 1 Comment · Adirondack News

Community and conservation goals advance together

Town of Newcomb, NYNewcomb, NY – The Town of Newcomb on January 27, 2012 purchased 348 acres for a total of $256,591.00 from The Nature Conservancy. The town’s purchase of the properties helps to advance economic development, particularly along the Route 28N travel corridor, and other community objectives outlined in its Comprehensive Plan, which was updated in 2009. Descriptions of the properties are as follows:

  • Newcomb - Farmhouse Parcel by C. HeilmanFarmhouse Parcel – a 4-acre property along State Route 28N that includes a two-story residential house that had been used in the past as a field office for foresters and logging contractors. The town, in cooperation with Newcomb Central School, is considering converting the house into a dormitory for foreign exchange students or substitute teachers.
  • Log Yard Parcel – a 20-acre triangular-shaped tract near the intersection of the Tahawus Road and State Route 28N that has been used for temporary storage of logging equipment and logs. The property, zoned by the Adirondack Park Agency for industrial use, has potential to attract and support a small-scale private enterprise.
  • Newcomb - Aerial Hudson River by C. HeilmanGolf Course Parcel – a 324-acre tract bordering the town’s public golf course and a winding stretch of the Hudson River. This parcel may be suitable for expanding the High Peaks Golf Course from nine holes to 18, as well as developing cross country ski trails. Under the terms of a conservation easement now held by the Adirondack Land Trust, approximately three miles of Hudson River shoreline, as well as an ecologically significant wetland complex, will remain undeveloped. Those natural features will continue to provide flood and storm-water runoff controls, which are recognized in the town’s comprehensive plan as valuable, cost-effective services.

“There are all kinds of options for these lands,” said Newcomb Supervisor George Canon. “Now that the transactions with The Nature Conservancy are complete, we look forward to exploring those options. The log yard parcel is probably the most important acquisition; it is an excellent site for a potential business.”

The Nature Conservancy“This is another great example of DEC working closely with The Nature Conservancy and other stakeholders to make sure that the disposition of the former Finch lands benefits the communities and residents of the Park,” said Joe Martens, Commissioner NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. “Congratulations to The Nature Conservancy and the Town of Newcomb for this agreement that will help bolster the community.”

“Working with Newcomb on these land sales—and the larger conservation project—demonstrates how community and conservation goals can go hand in hand,” said Michael Carr, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter. “We quickly learned how important new economic development opportunities are to the town, as well as how much Newcomb residents value their rural quality of life and view the surrounding natural beauty as an asset.”

The lands sold to Newcomb were originally part of The Nature Conservancy’s 2007 purchase of 161,000 acres touching 27 towns in six counties in the Adirondacks. The community enhancement parcels are part of a balanced conservation plan that also includes commercial working forests and new state lands. The working forest component was solidified in December of 2010 when New York State purchased a conservation easement on 89,000 acres—20,270 of which are in Newcomb. That transaction is already helping to advance the community’s recreation objective to develop snowmobile trails to surrounding communities. The new state lands, when they are acquired, will enhance additional recreational opportunities for hunting, hiking, fishing and other activities.

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DEC Seeks Information Regarding the Killing of a Bald Eagle

January 27th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

NYSDEC LogoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking help from the public to identify the person responsible for killing a female Bald Eagle earlier this week, on the Oswegatchie River near the Village of Heuvelton in St Lawrence County. The eagle had been observed feeding on a deer carcass on the far side of the Oswegatchie River along the River Road in the Town of Oswegatchie as recently as Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday evening the eagle was lying dead on the ice near open water.

An Environmental Conservation Officer was able to retrieve the eagle and upon initial evaluation it appears to have been shot by someone located on the River Road side of the Oswegatchie River. The eagle will be examined by the DEC pathology unit to determine the cause of death.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Environmental Conservation Police at (315) 785-2231 or toll free at 1-800-TIPP-DEC (1-800-847-7332). Information may also be submitted by e-mail to . All information will be kept confidential.

It is illegal for anyone to kill or injure a Bald Eagle in New York state. Anyone convicted of killing a Bald Eagle may be subject to a penalty of up to $5,000 and/or 90 days in jail. A person or persons providing information leading to the conviction of the shooter is/are entitled to half of the fine paid in court, up to $2,500.

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Saranac Lake Midwinter Carnival

January 26th, 2012 · No Comments · Miscellania

Everyone was quite impressed with Kurtz’s fireworks photo from last year’s carnival. I thought you might enjoy this picture from 1909:

Midwinter carnival, children's parade, dog sleds, Upper Saranac Lake, N.Y.

1909. “Midwinter carnival, children’s parade, dog sleds, Upper Saranac Lake, N.Y.”

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