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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.

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