In August, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his intention to purchase 69,000 acres of former Finch, Pruyn & Company lands from the Nature Conservancy for addition to the “forever wild” Forest Preserve. PROTECT heartily congratulates the Governor, Nature Conservancy and Finch Paper in this extraordinary land protection achievement. As the pictures below clearly show these lands include some recreational and ecological treasures.

The Hudson River looking north from the Polaris Club Bridge.

Hudson River flowing south at confluence of Hudson and Indian Rivers

Flatwater stretch on the Upper Hudson

4th Lake, Essex Chain of Lakes

3rd Lake, Essex Chain Lakes

Blue Ledges, Hudson River Gorge, picture by Melody Thomas

Boreas Ponds, just south of the High Peaks

Boreas Ponds

Map of former Finch Lands to be purchased from the Nature Conservancy