Remaining Champion Hunting Camps May Be Saved
Governor George E. Pataki announced on October 12 that he agreed
that the private hunting camps that were slated to be removed
in 15 years from the 110,000 acres of conservation easements that
the State acquired on the former Champion International tract
in 1999 can renew their leases indefinitely. About 220 of the
original 298 camps within the 139,000-acre Champion tract may
be saved. The camps within 29,000 acres of "riverine corridors"
that the State acquired in fee simple from Champion already passed
the deadline of five years from the purchase date. As part of
this deal, Heartwood Forestland Fund III, LLC, which owns the
easement-encumbered land, will deed 2,698 acres along the Deer
River to the State. The Adirondack Park Agency must still pass
on the agreement.