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Old 12-08-2021, 07:31 PM   #21
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Hard to believe these areas have anything of value at all anyway. McKeever was an active logging station until 1961, although the latter years may have been pretty low production.

That actually makes me a bit curious. Does anyone know a good reference which would tell the years in which those lands were acquired by the state? By "those lands" I mean mainly what we call Black River Wild Forest today.
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Old 12-08-2021, 08:00 PM   #22
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You can view a map of all parcels within Herkimer County here: https://sdg.giscloud.com/map/225030/herkimer

If you click on any parcel, you can scroll down through the displayed information to a link at the bottom that will provide more information about each parcel, including the current owner. There is also sales information, but a quick perusal of the available info appears to indicate that only sales within the past 15-20 years or so are included (once the county switched to a digital database of sales they probably did not bother to back-digitize previous sale info).

There's probably ways of getting sale information for any parcel that was last sold prior to the use of the GIS database but I imagine it involves filing a special request for someone at the tax assessor's office to go look up the information in an old filing cabinet somewhere.
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Old 12-08-2021, 08:47 PM   #23
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This might have even been a different outfit, now that I'm thinking about it. I should look up the North Lake history - I recall a little but it's misty and I don't recall how that would have played with the logging from Mckeever/Forestport side.

Thanks for the map links DS - I've used these before. Wish they had more info. Does the APA keep a record of land purchases? Seems crazy the only record would be town assessors.
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Old 12-09-2021, 05:21 PM   #24
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a record of land purchases? Seems crazy the only record would be town assessors.
FWIW, in NYS, it's the county clerks who record deeds and thus keep a comprehensive real estate transaction history...
Assessors only keep a tax roll tally.
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Old 12-09-2021, 06:33 PM   #25
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Ok thanks.

I don’t really need the data but it might be cool to see on a GIS map to get an idea of time in the preserve.
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Old 12-12-2021, 11:50 AM   #26
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Whenever I hear the term "tax assessor", my mind immediately goes to "The Blues Brothers".
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Old 12-30-2021, 08:56 PM   #27
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I had a feeling this day would come, the place does seem mostly logged-out except for the ridges and tough to access areas.
Having read a lot about the history of the area and local figures I always get a spooky eerie feeling back in there like their ghosts are out there with me.
This is relatively recent logging as well. Just out of curiosity I looked at the historic images and it appears to be untouched in 1999. 2015 seems to be the best full image I can get, but it's quite the difference, and it's a bit tough to see some of the selective cuts that were done.
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Old 01-08-2022, 04:41 PM   #28
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Says "sold" now. Any ideas on who purchased?
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Old 01-09-2022, 08:48 AM   #29
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Says "sold" now. Any ideas on who purchased?

Yep, I know who purchased it. Same outfit that purchased , the John Browns Tract/Mckeever, 3 lakes, and Corrigan Tract on Tug Hill.
Plenty of Timber value on the North Lake/JP Lewis Tract and Corrigan Tract.
Forest management will continue on these forestlands.
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Forest management will continue on these forestlands.
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