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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.
Champlain's Ark, the new (and free) sewage collection boat. Photo: Sarah Harris
Champlain's Ark, the new (and free) sewage collection boat. Photo: Sarah Harris

Lake Champlain's new waste boat

Lake Champlain is about to get a little cleaner. A new boat, a sort of waterborne honey-wagon that collects sewage from boaters' tanks, was christened yesterday in Burlington.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence County Trail Coordinator Deb Christy introduces the meeting with the history of the committee's efforts to create the trail. Photo: Claire Woodcock

A first look at the SLC Multi-Use Trail System

The St. Lawrence County Recreational Trails Advisory Board has been working for some time to create a sustainable community-linking system throughout the county. Last week, community members had their first look at maps of the trail route.  Go to full article
F-35A fighters. Photo: U.S. Air Force

F-35 planes in Burlington would affect more people than expected

The Air Force has a released a new environmental impact statement indicating that more people will be affected by noise from the F-35 if the plane is based in Burlington. But Burlington is still one of the Air Force's top locations for the plane.  Go to full article

Cuomo confident of accord on Mohawk land claim

During his visit to Plattsburgh last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he's confident that talks with the Mohawk community will reach an accord over land issues in the North...  Go to full article
People line up to testify before the Vermont Public Service Board on Thursday, March 21, 2013. Photo: Sarah Harris

VT, NY weigh in on proposed natural gas pipeline

A proposed natural gas pipeline from Vermont to the International Paper Mill in Ticonderoga, New York, has some Vermont residents up in arms.

But International...  Go to full article
The plan was unveiled at the Wild Center last week. Photo: Sarah Harris

What "sustainability" means for the North Country

The North Country Sustainability Plan was unveiled last week. The plan tackles energy, land use, transportation and water and waste management across seven counties.  Go to full article
Cody Baciuska, of Loomacres Wildlife Management, fires pyrotechnics into the sky to scare away Watertown's winter crow flock. Photo: Joanna Richards

Watertown scares away thousands of crows with pyrotechnics, noise

It's an eerie sight: Every winter, around dusk each night, a flock of between 20,000 and 30,000 crows gathers in the trees around the Black River in Watertown.
...  Go to full article
Les Blomberg, noise expert, testifies to the Burlington Board of Health. Photo: Sarah Harris<br />

Burlington Board of Health holds F-35 hearing

The F-35, the Air Force's new fighter jet, may be coming to the Burlington airport. People are worried about noise from the plane, but there's also another concern: public...  Go to full article
Danielle Garneau enters data about a dead skunk on Route 22B outside of Plattsburgh. Photo: Sarah Harris

How to track road kill on your smart phone (seriously)

We've all seen or experienced it - unfortunate wildlife dashes in front of a car at just the wrong time--and its remains splatter across the road.

But Danielle...  Go to full article
70 new wind turbines dot the horizon in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris

Expiring tax credits blow ill wind

The Route 11 corridor has seen a lot of wind development over the past few years. Developers have been busy securing sites, building roads, and trucking turbine materials in....  Go to full article

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