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A clear cut near Speculator managed by Lyme Timber.  Sometimes a woodlot that looks heavily logged is being managed well, while a parcel with lots of trees can be made of "junk" timber. Photo used by permission
A clear cut near Speculator managed by Lyme Timber. Sometimes a woodlot that looks heavily logged is being managed well, while a parcel with lots of trees can be made of "junk" timber. Photo used by permission

A million acres of Adk timberland becoming "junk"?

In recent weeks, the Adirondack Park has become embroiled in a new debate over clearcut logging.

But a growing coalition of environmentalists, industry leaders, government officials and academics agree on one thing.

More than a million acres of the Park's privately-owned timber land is deteriorating -- turning into what some critics describe as "junk" forest.

That trend threatens the long-term environmental health of the Adirondacks, as well as the health of the North Country's logging industry.  Go to full article
Steve Knight, CEO of United Helpers, stands in front of the safe in the old Community Bank building in Canton.  He hopes this will be part of a business incubator and food hub for the agricultural community.  Photo: David Sommerstein.

How "food hubs" could create jobs in the North Country

According to the USDA, there are more than 200 regional "Food Hubs" in the US. The USDA says it believes the hubs "offer strong and sound infrastructure support to producers across the country which will also help build a stronger regional food system."

New York recently announced funding for four more across the state, including one in Canton, through its Regional Economic Development Councils. Canton's grant is for $350,000. The details are still in flux, but David Sommerstein spoke with one of the project's organizers, United Helpers CEO Steve Knight, to get a sense of the food hub's vision.

United Helpers is a non-for-profit organization known more for health care than for work on food issues, but it's bought the old Community Bank building, on Main Street in Canton, to house its new for-profit business incubator, Sparx Corp. Sparx, says Knight, is a partner in the food hub project.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivering his Executive Budget Address on Jan. 22, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/57782386@N06">Flickr</a>

Wonk fight: tensions build over budget analysis

An argument's erupted between Albany's two top number-crunchers.
The state comptroller's office has concerns about the governor's proposed budget.
But the governor's budget director says the comptroller's staff has got it wrong.

The dispute underscores existing tensions between the two offices.  Go to full article
Protect the Adirondacks argues that too much clearcutting is already going on without enough monitoring by state officials. This image, posted by Protect on the group's website, was taken from the Bing mapping system.

APA backs off controversial clear-cut logging rule

The Adirondack Park Agency is delaying action on a controversial plan to revise clearcut logging rules in the park.

The change would have affected about 700,000...  Go to full article
Storyteller Gioia Timpanelli

Story Traveler: A little love for Valentine's Day

Story Traveler Gioia Timpanelli shares some thoughts about love and a poem by Robert Bly on this Valentine's Day. Gioia is a world-class storyteller who lives in the Hudson...  Go to full article