Friday, December 22, 2006

Pataki adds to preservation legacy Governor announces deal to protect 51,000 acres in St. Lawrence Co.

AP Story The Ithica Journal

"NEW YORK — Gov. George Pataki announced a deal Thursday to protect 51,000 acres of woodland in Upstate St. Lawrence County from development, bringing the amount of land preserved statewide during his 12 years in office to 1 million acres.
Under the agreement, the state will pay $6.5 million to the land owner, forestry company Rayonier, for a conservation easement that will expand fishing, hiking and other recreational opportunities while still permitting logging, Pataki said."

Even the man who will take over the governor's job next month, Gov.-elect Eliot Spitzer, praised Pataki.
“Protecting a million acres of open space is a remarkable achievement for which Governor Pataki deserves enormous credit,” Spitzer said in a statement. “All New Yorkers have benefited from his vision to preserve natural resources and enhance the state's great outdoor tradition.”

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