Nature Conservancy

Mike Carr at Elk Lake in the Adirondacks, May 2016
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Adirondack Nature Conservancy and the Adirondack Land Trust have worked in partnership for more than four decades to conserve lands and waters in the Adirondacks.  Mike Carr has been executive director of both organizations for the last 16 years, but in the case of the Land Trust it has been part-time.  He says it’s time for him to step down as the head of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy to become the full-time executive director of the Adirondack Land Trust.

Governor Andrew Cuomo at Elk Lake
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an agreement Tuesday finalizing the purchase of 69,000 acres of land that will be added to the Adirondack forest preserve.

Boreas Pond tract
Nature Conservancy

In 2007, The Nature Conservancy bought 161,000 acres of Adirondack land from the Finch Pruyn timber company. In 2012, New York State announced they would purchase the lands over time from the Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter.  The Nature Conservancy has now sold the final tract and transferred the deed to New York State.

Boreas Pond tract
Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy has sold the Boreas Ponds tract in the heart of the Adirondacks to New York state for $14.5 million.

Emily DeBolt/Lake George Association

New regulations have gone into effect in New York State requiring boats at DEC boat launches be clear of any plant or animal matter before entering the water. As those rules go into effect, legislation is pending in Albany that would make such “clean, drain and dry” regulations applicable at all boat launches.

Carl Heilman II / Adirondack Nature Conservancy

New York State has purchased an additional 8,451 acres of former timber company land in the Adirondacks.

Carl Heilman II

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will try to strike a balance between economic development and preservation as he weighs the fate of the state's latest forestland acquisition in the Adirondack Park.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

State officials have completed the purchase of another piece of the 69,000-acre Adirondack land acquisition announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo last summer.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

A large tree in a small Berkshire town may hold the key to finding the cure to a disease that has deforested suburban landscapes for decades.


Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced that New York State had purchased 69,000 acres of land from the Nature Conservancy. It’s  the largest acquisition of Adirondack lands in more than a century.