NEW YORK, NY — January 8, 2013 — The Open Space Institute announced
today the acquisition of 295 acres in the Hamilton County towns of
Arietta and Indian Lake in the central Adirondack Park. The parcel,
which was acquired by the Open Space Conservancy, OSI’s land acquisition
affiliate, had drawn headlines in recent years after the owner
announced plans to build several homes along Utowana Lake.
more than a century, paddlers traveling between Utowana and Raquette
lakes have used a trail on the property known as the Marion River
Carry—a portage around rapids in the Marion River to Utowana Lake.
along the tract could have limited that access, and when word spread
about the possibility it drew fierce opposition from nearby residents
and outdoor enthusiasts. However, OSI’s acquisition today ensures that
the canoe carry, as well as hundreds of acres of pristine Adirondack
forest, will remain available to the public.