Conservation and Sustainable Forestry: A Match Made in the Adirondacks

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Published on March 31st, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  


The Nature Conservancy is selling 92,000 acres of protected forestland in the Adirondacks to Danish timber investors. 

Sound a little strange?

The catch is that the land will continue to be used for sustainable forestry and recreation like snowmobiling, hiking, hunting and fishing. It will also be managed under a binding conservation easement that protects river corridors, wetlands and other valuable ecological assets.

The property is part of a 161,000-acre stretch of forest that the Conservancy bought from Finch Paper LLC in 2007. Finch had been sustainably managing the forests under standards set forth by the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

The Conservancy is committed to keeping timber jobs and communities alive in the region, while protecting biodiversity and conservation values.

“Our scientists put in hundreds of hours identifying significant species and habitats to determine where our biodiversity conservation objectives can be compatible with forestry,” says Michael Carr, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in the Adirondacks.

Read the complete story here, and check it out in The New York Times.

 (Image: Snowy Mountain in the Adirondacks. Source: Matthew D. Schlesinger/NYNHP)

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