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Newest state land purchase is gratuitous

March 13, 2014

On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state is in the process of buying 14 far-flung tracts of former Finch, Pruyn timberland from The Nature Conservancy, totaling 8,451 acres....

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Mar-13-14 6:09 PM

i think the editor make a good point here our new gov does seem to like splashy media coverage more than most.

the more salient point here is that the buying up of land doesnt do much good. some places are worth buying for the access( albeit often limted) but no one ever seems to ask if the dough can be better spent elsewhere. cleaning up small abandoned gas stations and other brownfields that pose a true hazard should receive priority. also developing parks and easements near or in urban centers would go a longer way in helping the people of the state. another thing what exactly are they protecting the land from? never too clear on that

anyway hold on, the next parcel in the govs shopping spree may be the Follensby Park property in Tupper( but in the Harretstown boundary) The lake is way back in the woods and on the far side of the Racquette river. Anybody want to guess what kind of access there will be?

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Mar-14-14 2:04 PM

I used to agree. But I've come to believe there's no such thing as too much wilderness.

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Mar-18-14 7:15 PM

I will guess, Mr. Sciacca. Zero. Zip. Nada. "Forever wild", literally.

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