• In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, Adirondack High Peaks, including snow-capped Mount Marcy, the state’s highest summit, rear center, are reflected in Boreas Pond in North Hudson, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has committed to purchasing the 22,000-acre Boreas Pond tract from The Nature Conservancy by the end of March, completing the acquisition of 69,000 acres of former Finch, Pruyn timber company lands to expand the state’s constitutionally protected Forest Preserve. (AP Photo/Mary Esch)

    Hike vs ride: Debate heats up over next Adirondack land buy

    NORTH HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) — As New York state prepares to purchase a trio of connected gem-like ponds reflecting the highest peaks of the Adirondack Mountains, environmental groups are pressing for the waters and surrounding boreal forest to be added to the adjacent High Peaks Wilderness to create a motor-free preserve larger than Rocky Mountain National Park.