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Long Pond Conservation Easement Modification

On January 29, 1999, the Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) purchased a conservation easement over 18,950 acres from then owners, Long Pond L.L.C. and New River-Franklin, LTD. Under the 1999 Long Pond Conservation Easement, with the exception of six reserved Hunting, Fishing, Recreation Camps ("Camps"), 37 camps were to be vacated and structures removed on or before February 16, 2015. View the 1999 Long Pond conservation easement (PDF).

The Proposed Modification

Prior to the February 16, 2015 camp removal date, Danzer Forestland Inc. ("Danzer"), the successor landowner to Long Pond L.L.C. and New River-Franklin, LTD, made a request to the Department that the conservation easement be modified to allow a small number camps to remain on the property in perpetuity. The Department and Danzer have negotiated a modification to the 1999 conservation easement that would allow 15 of the camps where rights have expired to stay in perpetuity. Each camp will retain a one-acre camp envelope. View the proposed Long Pond conservation easement modification (PDF).

Conservation Benefit

Pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 592 (leaves DEC website) of the Department regulations, any modification to a conservation easement must result in a net conservation benefit to the State of New York. In order to satisfy this requirement, Danzer ordered appraisals to determine the full market value of each Camp and it's corresponding one acre Camp envelope. Once the fair market value for the camps was determined, Danzer collected these funds from each of the 15 camp lease holders and deposited the funds into an escrow account. The funds in the escrow account will be disbursed to the Department upon the modification being finalized and executed by all parties. The Department proposes to use the proceeds received from Danzer Forestland Inc. to purchase approximately 300 acres to add to the Whiskey Flats State Forest in the Town of Hopkinton, St. Lawrence County. This new acreage will protect wetland and wildlife habitats while also providing additional public recreational opportunities such as hunting, trapping, and hiking.

Public Comment Period

The 30 day public comment period for the proposed modification ended on October 19, 2018.

Responsiveness Summary

The Department is currently drafting a summary of responses to the comments received during the public comment period. That responsiveness document will be posted to this page when completed.