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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.
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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.
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Preserving Adirondack Alpine Meadows
Adirondack Nature Conservancy program volunteers haul rocks up into the High Peaks to protect fragile ecosystem from erosion.
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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.
Assemblyman Dan Stec says the Adirondack Park's dialogue has "evolved."  NCPR FILE Photo: Brian Mann
Assemblyman Dan Stec says the Adirondack Park's dialogue has "evolved." NCPR FILE Photo: Brian Mann

Stec says APA reform unlikely in Albany

Last week, Adirondack Explorer magazine held a day-long conference at the Paul Smiths VIC, asking big questions about the future of the Adirondack Park and the APA.

A growing number of environmental activists and government officials say the regulations that shape the Park's environment are outdated. Most of those rules haven't been updated for more than forty years.

As part of the conference, Brian Mann interviewed Republican Assemblyman Dan Stec, who took office last year.  Go to full article
A forested floodplain: Lousiana bayou along the Pearl River. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/99012321@N00/3499802982/">Josh Kellogg</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Flood-plain forest restoration

Trying to put nature back the way we found it can be more complicated than just leaving things alone. Dr. Curt Stager talks with Martha Foley about attempts to restore "green tree reservoirs," flood-plain forests that have been reduced 80 percent in size by human encroachment.  Go to full article
The Essex Chain of Lakes, part of the Finch Pruyn timberlands. Photo: Carl Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy

Update: No APA vote next week on Finch timber lands

UPDATE: Keith McKeever, spokesman for the Adirondack Park Agency, has confirmed that a final vote on classification of the Finch Pruyn timberlands will not be held next week.

No public agenda is available yet for the September APA meeting. Nor did McKeever explain why the vote has been put off.

Environmentalists have urged state officials to delay the vote, arguing that more time is needed to answer scientific and procedural questions about roughly 40,000 acres of lands in the Adirondacks.

While that vote is delayed, state officials are also opening a new public debate next week about the use of the historic rail corridor between Old Forge and Lake Placid.

Brian Mann is our Adirondack bureau chief and he's been keeping an eye on these developments.

Martha Foley: Brian, it sounds like a lot could happen next week...  Go to full article
Signposts along the way. Photo: Sarah Harris

Defining the Champlain Valley

Lake Champlain is a lot of things: It's a border between Vermont, Quebec, and New York. It's where people go to fish, swim, and boat. People cross it to get to work or see...  Go to full article
Newton Falls Paper, once the largest employer for miles around. Photo: Mark Kurtz

What's next for towns like Newton Falls?

This summer, a Canadian company called Scotia Investments has been auctioning off parts of the old Newton Falls paper mill in southern St. Lawrence County.

It's...  Go to full article
Archive NCPR Photo of the Day: Dan Denney

Land auction will end long effort to save Newton Falls mill

Two big chunks of timberland long owned by the Newton Falls Paper Mill in southern St. Lawrence County will be auctioned off Thursday.

The move comes after the...  Go to full article
Last year's Adirondack Common Ground Alliance meeting, held in Long Lake, brought together some of the  Park's most influential leaders. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Adirondack factions meet in Newcomb, seeking "common ground"

Lt. Governor Bob Duffy is expected to be in Newcomb today for a meeting of the Adirondack Common Ground Alliance. The group meets each year to talk about ways that different...  Go to full article
An Amish farm in St. Lawrence county. Photo: Sarah Harris

Amish farmers partner with Agri-Mark

Most of the North Country is losing population, and losing farms. But there's one group that keeps growing: Old Order Amish. They're drawn to the St. Lawrence Valley by the...  Go to full article
Boats moored at the shore of Leroy Douglas' campground on Silver Lake last week. Douglas has sold ld some of his property along the lake that's the center of an ongoing federal lawsuit he filed against the state Adirondack Park Agency and the Adirondack Council. Photo: Chris Knight, <a href="http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>

Controversial Black Brook Adirondack parcel sold

An Adirondack lakefront property that's the subject of a multi-million-dollar federal lawsuit filed against the state Adirondack Park Agency and the Adirondack Council has...  Go to full article
Senator Little won approval for a series of measures, but still wants a deal that would keep Lake Placid's hospital open part-time. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Little still fighting for part-time ER in Lake Placid

With just over 24 hours to go before the session closes in Albany, state Senator Betty Little from Queensbury has pushed through a series of bills affecting the Adirondack...  Go to full article

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