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View from Mt. Adams fire tower.
View from Mt. Adams fire tower.

New Vision for Adirondack Fire Towers

A pro-environment group has issued a new report on the future of 31 historical fire towers inside the Adirondack Park. The tower system was built nearly a hundred years ago after massive fires ravaged the mountains. Forest Rangers now use airplanes and field spotters to battle wildfires. But many of the towers have become a popular destination for hikers. History buffs have worked to preserve the structures. The Residents Committee to Protect the Adirondacks says 23 firetowers should be preserved and developed into a new system of "educational field stations". Brian Mann spoke with RCPA director Peter Bauer.  Go to full article

International Paper to Open More Land for Snowmobiling

The Associated Press reported on Friday that more than 100 miles of snowmobile trails will be opened on International Paper land over the next five years. The plan is part of a conservation deal unveiled earlier this year that will offer the public recreation access on more than a quarter-million acres of IP land. David Sommerstein talks with Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann about the deal.  Go to full article

NY Pledges Money to Snowmobiling

With the first serious snow finally hitting parts of the North Country, New York State says it will spend just under $6 million this winter maintaining snowmobile trails and aiding local law enforcement efforts. Brian Mann has that story.  Go to full article

Containing Chronic Wasting Disease

Throughout most of the Great Lakes region, there are huge numbers of white-tailed deer. Deer don't have the natural predators that they once did, so states rely on hunters to...  Go to full article

DEC, Towns to Negotiate on IP Deal

State environmental officials say they'll continue to work with towns in St. Lawrence County that have vetoed their portion of a massive land deal with International Paper. ...  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Towns Veto IP Land Deal

At least three towns in southern St. Lawrence County are taking on Albany over a massive land deal with International Paper. Colton, Piercefield, and Hopkinton have vetoed...  Go to full article

The Lunar Eclipse from an Adirondack Mountain

Last night, the earth passed between the sun and the full moon, creating a spectacular lunar eclipse. The moon glowed orange over the north country. Clear skies in much of...  Go to full article
Jack Phillips (at right) with Joe DiMaggio

A World Series Ring in Potsdam

The Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals are back at it tonight with Game 4 of baseball's 100th World Series. One man in the North Country will be watching with an...  Go to full article

Hauling Radio Gear Up Blue Mountain

For most of us, fall is a time to plant some bulbs, put up the storm windows, and stock up on wood or oil for the deep winter ahead. For North Country Public Radio, and...  Go to full article

Tips on Bulbs

Martha Foley talks with Amy Ivy about bulbs to plant now for spring--some old favorites, some new ideas, and how and where to plant.  Go to full article

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