The Tupper Lake Town Board voted this week to oppose the state’s acquisition of Follensby Pond, one of the largest privately owned lakes in the Northeast, and some sixty-five thousand acres once owned by Finch, Pruyn & Co. Both properties are now owned by the Nature Conservancy, which intends to sell them to the state.
Jessica Collier, writing in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, says the town’s resolution closely mirrors the one passed a few weeks ago by the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board. Franklin County passed a similar resolution, and the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages is considering a similar measure.
Despite the local opposition, the state Department of Environmental Conservation does not intend to back off plans to purchase the properties, according to DEC officials. I have written a detailed story on the controversy that will appear in the March/April issue of the Explorer.
Part of the 14,600-acre Follensby Park lies within the town of Tupper Lake, but most of the land is in adjacent Harrietstown.
If you follow the link to Jessica’s story, be sure to check out the lively debate in the comments section.