DEC MODIFIES FOREST CONSERVATION EASEMENT TO ALLOW LEASING OF 220 CAMPS AND STATE ACQUISITION OF 2,800 ACRES OF FOREST LAND
Leasing of Former Champion Lands in Adirondacks by Heartwood Forestland Fund to Continue.
Deal Adds 2,146 Acres to the State Forest Preserve and Creates 651-Acre State Forest
Leasing of recreational camps on the former Champion lands in Franklin, Herkimer, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties will be allowed under an agreement reached this week with the state and Heartwood Forestland Fund III, LP, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. As part of the agreement, Heartwood Forestland, the owner of a conservation easement on the former Champion lands, will transfer 2,797 acres of valuable wildlife habitat in the Deer River corridor to the state.. [read more]