The Open Space Institute has acquired the 836-acre Huckleberry Mountain property in southern Warren County, with the intention it will become part of the Lake George Wild Forest.
The open space preservation group paid a limited liability company $410,000 for the land, said institute spokeswoman Eileen Larrabee.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation is expected to acquire it within the next three years, allowing the land to be added to the publicly owned wild forest.
Located north of Lake Luzerne and south of Athol, about five miles southwest of Warrensburg village in the town of Warrensburg, it adjoins the Lake George Wild Forest on two sides. It’s next to the riverfront forest commonly known as the Hudson River Recreation Area.
Consisting of unimproved and wooded terrain, the property features a high plateau overlook of the surrounding mountains and the Hudson River, which is 500 feet to the west.
“OSI is delighted to continue our commitment to the Adirondack Park, an international treasure right here in New York state,” Kim Elliman, OSI’s president and CEO, said in a statement.
The Lake George Wild Forest consists of approximately 71,133 acres of State Forest Preserve lands on both sides of Lake George, all of which is open for public recreation.
DEC expects to buy the land from OSI with money from the Environmental Protection Fund.
“The Huckleberry Mountain Forest will offer outstanding recreational opportunities for hiking, camping, sightseeing and fishing, and I applaud OSI for their work in preserving such a valuable natural resource,” acting DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said.
The OSI announcement was the second land conservation deal announced last week in the Lake George region.
The Lake George Land Conservancy purchased 140 acres of the South Mountain range in Putnam for $210,000. South Mountain is in the northeastern corner of Lake George, between Mount Defiance in Ticonderoga and Anthony’s Nose in Putnam.
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