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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.

Natural Selections: Park Management

Why are we setting natural areas aside, and what do we hope to accomplish by it? How do humans determine which species are encouraged to grow, and which are removed? How much control should humans have over other species? Martha Foley and Curt Stager talk about making and maintaining parks.  Go to full article
The delapidated St. Lawrence Hotel in Waddington could be the key to the village's future.

Envisioning a Waddington Renaissance

The town of Waddington lies on a beautiful spot of the St. Lawrence River, about halfway between Ogdensburg and Massena. Its riverfront property is attracting new residents as well as natives looking to move back home with their families. St. Lawrence County Administrator Don Brining lives there, along with other county leaders. By all accounts, the town seems poised on the brink of a renaissance. But with growth comes growing pains. As David Sommerstein reports, a citizen group is challenging the town board to think big about Waddington's future.  Go to full article

Float Planes Will Lose Access To Popular Adirondack Lake

The Adirondack Park Agency voted Friday to phase out the use of floatplanes on Lows Lake. The compromise is part of the "Bog River Unit Management Plan". As Brian Mann reports, the state has agreed to help tourism pilots find other lakes, where they can take their customers.  Go to full article

Farmers Get Help with Agricultural Districts

Farmers will have an easier time getting their lands included in agricultural districts under a new state law. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article
122nd District Assemblywoman Dierdre "Dee Dee" Scozzafava

Scozzafava: Budget & Recreational Vehicles Top Issues in 2003

The 2003 legislative session opens today in Albany. The budget crisis and the economy are sure to be the top issues this year. But as David Sommerstein reports, one North...  Go to full article

State Land Deal Unveiled: 4,000 Acres Protected Near Long Lake

Governor George Pataki has quietly agreed to spend more than two million dollars buying recreation and conservation easements on a chunk of land near Long Lake. The deal...  Go to full article

Hidden Costs of Sprawl

Even if you don't live in an upscale suburb in a sprawling metropolitan area, you're likely paying to support that suburb. Economists and urban planners find there are hidden...  Go to full article

APA Considers Banning Floatplanes on Lowes Lake

The Adirondack Park Agency moved a step closer on Thursday to banning floatplanes on Lowes Lake. At the meeting yesterday, the Department of Environmental Conservation...  Go to full article

Stewardship Award: A Lake Champlain Estate Honored For Conservation

A conservation group and a coalition of private landowners have announced their choice for this year's Adirondack Stewardship Award. The honor - given each year since 1996 -...  Go to full article
Kevin Sullivan's intensive grazing fields (top) and a conventional farm barnyard.

The Joy of Grazing

Fewer than 10 percent of North Country dairy farmers graze their cows on pasture. Most confine their herd to big barns and feed them grains and hay. But since the 1980s,...  Go to full article

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