Over the years, no one has been a more resolute watchdog of state management of the Adirondack Park than the Glens Falls Post Star.
The newspaper’s editorial page has often cast a skeptical eye on the relationship between key decisions inside the blue line and the influence of environmental groups.
So it’s noteworthy, to say the least, to see the Post Star embracing the massive Finch Pruyn land deal, which at roughly 160,000 acres is the largest single expansion of the forest preserve and of conservation easement protected land in the Adirondacks in a century.
The land is invaluable. It lies in the heart of the Adirondack Park and includes 180 miles of rivers, 175 lakes and ponds and six mountains, along with various bogs, fens and forests and a lovely waterfall, the highest one in the Adirondacks.
We have often criticized the state’s land policies in the Park, but we have nothing but praise for the way the 161,000 acres of former Finch Paper woodlands — purchased by the Nature Conservancy in 2007 — have been handled