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Brett McLeod says the Adirondack North Country is a "working landscape." Photo: Sarah Harris
Brett McLeod says the Adirondack North Country is a "working landscape." Photo: Sarah Harris

How can North Country's "working landscapes" thrive alongside the wild?

Yesterday farmers, community leaders, business people and students gathered at the Paul Smith's VIC to talk about the future of the North Country and launch a new collaboration, the Adirondack Center for Working Landscapes.

Sarah Harris went to the symposium and talks about the event and the issues raised by it with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
West Branch of the St. Regis River from route 11, Tuesday, April 15. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Flood update: SLC declares state of emergency, updated list of road closures

North Country rivers are running high with snow melt. And officials are warning of more water to come. Two inches of rain, possibly mixing with snow, are forecast into Wednesday.

Officials say that could mean flooding across the region. NCPR is providing updates as the situation develops.
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Raquette Lake could be near the end of a century-old land dispute with New York state.  Photo: <a href=",_New_York.jpg">DzikieKwiaty</a>, public domain

Settlement to century-old Adk land dispute in the mail

New York state is sending hundreds of letters to homeowners in Long Lake offering to settle land claims as part of the "Township 40" deal approved by voters last November.

The move is part of an effort to resolve boundary disputes around the tiny community of Raquette Lake that date back to the 1800s.

In all, more than 1,000 acres of land around Raquette Lake are affected by the boundary dispute, which was sparked originally by conflicting title claims, decades of lawsuits, and poor survey maps.  Go to full article
Sugarloaf Mountain near Blue Mountain Lake is one tract of  the former Finch, Pruyn land purchased by New York. Photo: Carl Heilman

NY buys 8,451 acres of former Finch, Pruyn land

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York State has purchased an additional 8,451 acres of former timber company lands on 14 parcels in Fulton, Warren, Essex, and Hamilton counties....  Go to full article
Eric Young, soil scientist at the Miner Institute. He's leading a study on tile drains. Photo: courtesy of Miner Institute

Tile drains: good or bad?

Tile drains are controversial. Farmers install the slotted pipes under their crops to drain water faster, extend the growing season, and increase crop yield. But...  Go to full article
Chairlift at Haystack. Photo: <a href="">Joseph Leotta</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont ski area reopens as private resort

WILMINGTON, Vt. (AP) Vermont's former Haystack ski area in Wilmington has reopened as a private ski club.

The Hermitage Club is now a four-season private club that...  Go to full article
Photo: Carl Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy

NY parks advocacy group applauds Cuomo's '14 plans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The people who advocate for New York's system of parks and trails are liking what they heard during Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo paddles a stretch of the Indian River, just upstream from the confluence with the Hudson River. Photo: NYS Governor's office

Cuomo says he'll sign Adirondack wilderness plan

The Adirondack Park Agency voted Friday to create a vast new 24,000-acre wilderness and primitive area along a remote stretch of the upper Hudson River.

The land,...  Go to full article
OK Slip Falls, considered one of the prizes of the Finch, Pruyn deal Photo: C. Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy

NY agency to decide on new Adirondack land access

RAY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) The Adirondack Park Agency has expanded its monthly meeting to three days rather than the usual two this month, to make time for discussion of land-use...  Go to full article
Canoes sit overturned along the shoreline of Leroy Douglas' campground in Silver Lake in July of this year. Douglas has settled a federal lawsuit he brought against the state Adirondack Park Agency and Adirondack Council that alleged they conspired to halt his development plans on the lake.<br />Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adireondack Daily Enterprise</em>

Silver Lake man settles suit against APA, Adk Council

A Silver Lake man has settled the remaining claims in a multi-million-dollar federal lawsuit he brought against the state Adirondack Park Agency and the Adirondack...  Go to full article

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