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News Brief - December 2006:

Before Leaving Office, Gov. Pataki Announces Preservation of More Than One Million Acres; Northern Counties Suffer Population Decline.

On December 21, 2006, Gov. George E. Pataki announced that, with the State acquisition of a conservation easement on 51,000 acres of forest lands in St. Lawrence County, he had brought the total amount of land preserved in New York State over the past twelve years to more than one million acres. The vast majority of the land preserved for "open space" during the Pataki administration is in the Adirondack Mountain region. The two largest deals, both in the Adirondacks, were an agreement reached with International Paper Company to acquire conservation easements on 255,000 acres and purchase 2,000 acres, and the acquisition of conservation easements on 111,000 acres and purchase of 29,000 acres from Champion International. The governor's announcement failed to mention the population declines in the Adirondack region where the open space is being so ferociously protected. Hamilton County, the least populous in the state, had the greatest percentage decline, by 4 percent to 5,279. Herkimer, St. Lawrence, Essex, and Franklin counties also suffered declines.

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