The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Adirondack Land Trust have announced the addition of 250 acres to the Forest Preserve on Moxham Mountain between Minerva, Essex County and North Creek, Warren County.
The acquisition will increase public access to the south side of Moxham Mountain for hiking and rock climbing.
The Adirondack Land Trust purchased much of the south face of Moxham Mountain in 2019 from the Brassel and Zack families and the Brassel estate for $160,000. On August 6th, the land was transferred to New York State for addition to the Forever Wild Forest Preserve, in accordance with the family’s wishes.
DEC and the Student Conservation Association opened a northside trail to Moxham’s 2,418-foot summit in 2012, as part of the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest. The current 2.7-mile trail climbs 1,152 feet and offers more solitude than some of the Adirondacks’ popular peaks.
The mission of the Adirondack Land Trust is to forever conserve the forests, farmlands, waters, and wild places that advance the quality of life of communities and the ecological integrity of the Adirondacks. The land trust has protected 26,710 acres since its founding in 1984. For more information, visit the Adirondack Land Trust website, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (518) 576-2400.
Photo of Moxam Mountain courtesy Adirondack Land Trust.