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Ross Whaley

APA Chair Ross Whaley: Everyday Challenges, Future Visions

Ross Whaley came to the Adirondack Park Agency last September from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. He was president at ESF for 16 years, and then was University Professor. As Professor, his interest was the political economy of sustainable development. As chairman of the Park Agency, that's still where his interest lies. But it's now focused on the 6 million-acre park, where he sees the potential for a model of environmental and economic symbiosis. Realizing the vision is largely in the future. Whaley told Martha Foley his first year has been taken up with learning the ropes, and responding to challenges he's inherited from the first 30 years of APA history.  Go to full article
Purple Loosestrife

Looking to the Environment Beyond the Garden

Invasive species are a growing problem in the north country. From purple loosestrife to Eurasian watermilfoil, alien plants are reshaping the region's environment. Gardeners and fish tank owners have introduced many of the worst species, bringing them in as decorative plants. But as Brian Mann reports, some gardeners are working to educate themselves--and to fight for a tougher response to invasives.  Go to full article
Debbie Braeu's nursery and landscaping business sells native water lilies. They  encourage buying only native plants for water gardens. (Photo by Chris Julin)

Water Gardens a Route for New Invasives

You can hear frogs croaking and chirping in the middle of a city these days. You can see cattails and water lilies out your window even if you live nowhere near a lake. Water gardens are all the rage. But some scientists are warning that we have to be careful with our gardens. If plants or animals get out of a backyard pond, they can endanger native species. the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chris Julin reports.  Go to full article
Filmmaker Matt Heineman in his preferred form of transportation

"Rolling on the River" in a St. Lawrence Skiff

Summer in the Thousand Islands is filled with the sound of boats. The throaty rumble of a Gar Wood run-about, the roar of a cigarette boat, the throbbing diesels of a Seaway...  Go to full article
Photo by Nina Schoch

Annual Loon Census Begins Saturday Morning

This year's census of loons on lakes in and around the Adirondacks is Saturday morning. Volunteer observers are needed to record the number of adult loons, chicks, and...  Go to full article
An 8 week old bald eagle. Samples of feathers and blood are taken to check the bird's health. (Photo by Bob Kelleher)

Eagle Soaring Off Endangered Species List

The American Bald Eagle is expected to come off the endangered species list soon. Once a victim of hunting and pollution, the eagles are rebounding, but scientists say...  Go to full article

Hunters and Anglers Disagree With Bush Policies

A group that generally considers itself to be conservative disagrees with many of the Bush administration's policies on the environment. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's...  Go to full article

To Bag or Not to Bag Grass Clippings

At one point or another, most of us have had to do yard work. If it was one of your chores as a kid, you probably developed a strong aversion to it. But as we settle into...  Go to full article

New Fish Advisories in Adirondacks

The state health department yesterday issued new fish advisories for 10 Adirondack lakes and ponds due to mercury contamination. 20 other lakes and ponds in the park already...  Go to full article
Golden Apple Snail

Natural Selections: More Invasive Species

Most invasive species result from human action, deliberate or inadvertant. The apple snail, infesting southeast Asian rice paddies, was introduced as a new protein source....  Go to full article

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