CHESTER -- The state bought Tuesday another 9,300 acres of former Finch-Pruyn timberlands for about $6.3 million, in the second phase of state land purchases that will eventually result in the Adirondack Forest Preserve growing by 69,000 acres.
Tuesday’s closing with The Nature Conservancy follows last year’s state purchase of the Essex Chain of Lakes in Newcomb, Indian Lake, Minerva and Long Lake.
The 727-acre Hudson River/Ice Meadow Tract in Chester is included in the second-phase purchase; as is OK Slip Falls in Indian Lake, 2,800 acres that have for years been coveted by environmentalists, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The state land buy also includes two Washington County parcels outside of the Adirondack Park — Saddles Mountain and Dolph Pond.
The two parcels are in Whitehall and add up to more than 3,000 acres, according to a DEC release.
The entire 69,000-acre Adirondack state land purchase is expected to cost more than $40 million, officials have said.
New York’s Environmental Protection Fund is the primary funding source of state land buys.