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Chaumont Barrens: the North Country's Prairie
David Sommerstein takes a nature walk on this unique Nature Conservancy land that contains some of the nation's easternmost prairie habitat.
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Preserving the Indian River Lakes
Between the high profile destinations of the Thousand Islands and the Adirondacks, there's a hidden gem of a region. It's called the Indian River Lakes. David SOmmerstein sends an audio postcard.
Photo Audio Essay
Protecting the Tug Hill Plateau: Fish Creek
Last summer, New York State, the Nature Conservancy, and a Boston-based timber company announced a plan to preserve 45,000 acres of forest on the Tug Hill Plateau. David Sommerstein visited the “East Branch of Fish Creek Working Forest” to see how the plan is shaping up.
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A Journey to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
In the US Senate debate over the country's energy plan, New York's senators oppose plans to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Brian Mann spent a month in the Alaskan wilderness to research this half-hour documentary report.
Photo Audio Essay
Preserving Adirondack Alpine Meadows
Adirondack Nature Conservancy program volunteers haul rocks up into the High Peaks to protect fragile ecosystem from erosion.
Photo Audio Essay
Relicensing the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project
The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project was the largest public works project in the world. The power project's 50-year operation license expires in 2003. A three-part series by David Sommerstein.
West Branch of the St. Regis River from route 11, Tuesday, April 15. Photo: Natasha Haverty
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="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Raquette_Lake,_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.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday the state will pay $5.7 million to acquire the former Finch, Pruyn tracts from The Nature Conservancy, using money from the Environmental Protection Fund.  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="http://www.flickr.com/photos/49727137@N03/4561305577/">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
NYCO's Mark Buckley points to the border between mine-owned lands and the state forest Preserve.  Photo: Brian Mann

NYCO spent big on Forest Preserve land swap

NYCO Minerals spent more than half a million dollars to win support for a controversial land swap with the state approved by voters statewide last week. That's according to...  Go to full article

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