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AP: World-class canoe and kayak waters will be open to the public within a few months when the first phase of New York’s plan to buy 69,000 acres of Adirondack land is completed, officials said Monday.

“This deal will open some really exciting new recreational opportunities to the public,” said Mike Carr, executive director of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy. “The Essex Chain Lakes will be the first. This is a really special collection of more than nine lakes and ponds, beautiful frontage on the Hudson and Cedar rivers and two mountains higher than 2,000 feet.”

The 18,000-acre Essex Chain parcel, about 90 miles north of Albany near the town of Newcomb, will be acquired by the state for $13 million using money set aside for land acquisition in the Environmental Protection Fund, Carr said. (READ MORE)