Expansion of New York’s High Peaks Wilderness Area with Conservation Alliance

, August 5, 2020

The recent expansion of New York’s High Peaks Wilderness Area is a significant environmental achievement, finalized in June 2023. This expansion includes Boreas Ponds Tract, a 160,000-acre parcel previously owned by Finch, Pruyn & Co., growing the High Peaks Wilderness Area to 275,000 acres.

The Boreas Ponds Tract, with its pristine waters and stunning views of the Adirondack High Peaks, is considered a valuable addition due to its ecological and recreational importance. This area provides habitat for a variety of wildlife, including moose, black bears, and rare bird species.

This expansion was made possible through state funding and collaborative efforts between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), local communities, and conservation organizations. The project underscores New York State’s dedication to conserving its natural landscapes for future generations while balancing the needs of conservation and public access.