Updated to reflect the land being considered for purchase would be used to expand Clarksburg State Forest, not Clarksburg State Park
NORTH ADAMS -- The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is in early talks with a landowner for the purchase of 90 acres to expand the Clarksburg State Forest.
The talks became public in a letter from the Department of Conservation (DCR) addressed to City Council President Michael Bloom dated Sept. 17, which was read at the Sept. 24 City Council meeting. The letter references a parcel off of Massachusetts Avenue and included a map showing the location of the property.
According to information from the North Adams Asses sor's Office, the 96.6 acre landlocked parcel is valued at $105,100. Hulda Jowett of Massachusetts Avenue is listed as one of the several property owners.
The land abuts a 79.48 acre parcel, which is also in North Adams and is part of the state forest.
DCR Director of Land Pro tection Jennifer Howard explained regulations require a state agency to take certain steps prior to purchasing land.
"We send them early on in the process," she said.
Under a state law, DCR must notify the City Council and public officials at least 120 days prior to the acquisition, she said, and at least 60 days prior, must make a public announcement.
Bloom fulfilled the public announcement requirement at the Sept. 24 meeting of the City Council, when he read the letter of correspondence from the department.
Howard stressed the deal is far from completion. The deal would likely be finalized in the spring, she said.
Howard declined further comment on the status of negotiations.
Clarksburg State Forest, located 3 miles west of Clarksburg State Park on Middle Road features 3,011 acres of undisturbed forest land and is home to 4.5 miles of the Appalachian Trail,
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