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The Nature Conservancy purchases Moose River lands

LYONSDALE — The Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy purchased more than 750 acres of land on the Moose River in the southwest Adirondacks.

TNC said in a press release Tuesday that the acquisition protects both rivers and forests at the same time, and includes a stretch of the river that hosts frequent professionally-guided whitewater rafting trips.

The statement goes on to highlight the purchase in terms of its resiliency to climate change, the intact and undeveloped shoreline and its role as a wildlife corridor between the Tug Hill Plateau and the Adirondacks.

“The Moose River with its intact shoreline, free-flowing water and mosaic of habitats stands out as highly resilient to climate change, not just in the Adirondacks, but in the entire Northeastern United States,” said Dirk Bryant, The Nature Conservancy’s director of conservation programs in the Adirondacks. “This purchase demonstrates how we can use large-scale climate-resiliency science to help us decide where to invest in land protection.”

TNC paid $880,000 for the 753 acres, and “will hold the land until it can find a conservation owner to manage the property under a perpetual conservation plan that protects ecological values.”