The Adirondack Land Trust has purchased a 60-acre inholding within the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest in the central Adirondacks.
“I bought the camp 20 years ago and had great experiences and adventures, and learned a lot about survival in a remote and pristine place,” former owner Daniel Golden said in a press release. “When I decided to leave it, I considered selling the land to a private buyer but decided to make sure that it was preserved as part of the greater Adirondack Park.”
The 91,854-acre Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest is made up of several tracts in the towns of Minerva, Newcomb, North Hudson and Schroon in Essex County; the towns of Chester and Johnsburg in Warren County; and the Town of Indian Lake in Hamilton County.
The newly protected tract is found within a 60,000-acre parcel that includes the namesake mountain as well as many lakes, ponds, rivers and streams.
The Adirondack Land Trust will work with the state Department of Environmental Conservation to transfer the land to the forest preserve, according to the land trust.
“In addition to our focus on large intact wildlands, we work to protect small but key tracts that protect New York’s collective investment in the Forest Preserve and improve the connectivity of the wider landscape,” said Bill Paternotte, board chair of the Adirondack Land Trust, in a press release.
The property had a motorized private right-of-way on the Lost Pond Mountain Trail to reach the property. That right-of-way will now be erased, but the trail remains open to the public for snowmobiling.