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Nehasane Park: Ground Zero in the Adirondack Logging Debate

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Nehasane Park: Ground Zero in the Adirondack Logging Debate

Nehasane Park, and the Brandreth and Whitney Preserves were three private parks that included logging railroads built to extract large stands of virgin timber in the late 19th century.  In 1914, Brandreth Park gained the rare distinction of having the biggest log sled load in Northern New York.

Nehasane Park, created by William Seward Webb on Lake Lila, included 115,000 acres (including the Adirondack Railroad).

Nehasane was ground zero for the preservation debate, advocating Gifford Pinchot’s “scientific forestry,” the stance which dominated the practice of conservation in the first decades of the 20th century.

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