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Damaged Campsite (Source:  Keven Prickett, Assc. Protection Adks)
Damaged Campsite (Source: Keven Prickett, Assc. Protection Adks)

Popular Adirondack Camp Sites "Hammered"

This summer, hundreds of thousands of visitors will flock to the Adirondacks. Many of them will go camping, hoping to find a true wilderness experience. Pro-environment and recreation groups say many of the Park's most popular backcountry campsites are too crowded. Plants have been uprooted and shorelines eroded. State agencies say new management plans now being developed will ease the crunch. But as Brian Mann reports, critics say state officials have shied away from controversial decisions, including the closure of some damaged campsites.  Go to full article

Wisconsin Oneidas Eye Antwerp Land

The plot continues to thicken in Governor Pataki's efforts to resolve land claims in New York with native tribes. The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin may acquire 1000 acres of state forest land in Jefferson County as a part of a settlement. As David Sommerstein reports, the Nation would be prohibited from developing the land commercially.  Go to full article

DEC Draft Bans ATVs in State Wilderness

The Department of Environmental Conservation yesterday released a draft of rules for all-terrain vehicle use on state land. As David Sommerstein reports, the policy would ban four-wheelers from wilderness areas in the Adirondacks and Catskills.  Go to full article

EPA Issues Federal Regulations on Mercury

Yesterday the EPA issued a rule requiring power plants to cut mercury emissions by 50% over the next 15 years. It reverses EPA's earlier position requiring stricter controls,...  Go to full article

Conference Committee Considers State Budget

The state Assembly and Senate will convene a joint conference committee this morning to work on the state budget. The Republican-led Senate began passing budget bills...  Go to full article

EPA Sets Limits on Smog

The Environmental Protection Agency has set new limits on smog and soot pollution. The aim is to help tens of millions of people who live downwind from the dirtiest...  Go to full article
President Bush in Adirondacks 2002

Clear Skies Plan Fails in Senate, Environmental Defeat For White House

The Bush Administration suffered a major defeat yesterday in the Senate. The Clear Skies initiative failed to pass a key committee vote, thanks in part to opposition from...  Go to full article
Author & activist Bill McKibben

Commentary: Wind Power A Necessary Evil & Symbol of Hope

If wind power projects go forward in the North Country, they will change the visual landscape for some of the most pristine areas in the Adirondack Park. Author and activist...  Go to full article
Wind developer Jim McAndrew

Wind Power Comes To Adirondack North Country, Raising Hopes & Fears

Two commercial wind farm projects are in the planning stages in the Adirondack Park. Other wind farms are moving forward in Franklin county, near Malone, and in Lewis county...  Go to full article

For New Lisbon Chipboard Mill, One Step Closer

Lisbon residents are one step closer to seeing a new chipboard manufacturing plant in their town. A Canadian lumber company announced it intends to build the plant. They...  Go to full article

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