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Welcoming Wilderness (2021)

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OSI's renovations to the historic Tahawus property will help alleviate stress to this stunning outdoor playground.

ESSEX COUNTY, NY (Jan. 13, 2021)—Adirondac Upper Works property is among OSI’s most storied Adirondack properties. Originally part of an expansive 10,000-acre conservation project purchased by OSI in 2003, a majority of the original Tahawus property was transferred to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Today, OSI’s remaining 212-acre Adirondac Upper Works property offers important recreational opportunities, boasting the headwaters of the Hudson River and unparalleled paddling opportunities at Henderson Lake. The site was the beginning of Teddy Roosevelt’s 1901 “Midnight Ride” to the presidency. It also features the remains of a 19th-century mining operation.

In addition, the property serves as a southern access point to the Adirondack’s celebrated High Peaks Wilderness. The growing popularity of the area’s trails has added stress to this outdoor playground, particularly at its northern entry points.

Hoping to alleviate some of that pressure, OSI is working with the Town of Newcomb and the DEC, to reposition the Upper Works’ parking area and upgrade trailheads to better accommodate visitors to the property and those looking to explore Mount Marcy and the other nearby peaks.

OSI vice president Peter Karis, who is overseeing the $1-million renovation effort, sums up the project benefits. “Providing safe, managed access for the public, while better disbursing visitors to the High Peaks is a good outcome,” says Karis. “A great example of modern conservation.”

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