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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.

Special Report: Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Oil drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge is at the top of the agenda in Congress and at the White House. Brian Mann recently returned from a trip there, where he met with locals and activists, and send a report.  Go to full article

Sprawl Versus Farmland, Part 2

Room for development and farming? In Part 2 of a two part series, the Great Lakes Radio Consortium looks at urban sprawl and farmland. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Julie Grant looks at a program that doesn't cost taxpayers money.  Go to full article

Sprawl Versus Farmland, Part 1

This spring, 135 people from Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana took a trip to the east coast to get ideas about containing development and protecting farmland. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Julie Grant has this first report in a two-part series.  Go to full article

Nw York State Purchases Saranac Land

The state of New York has bought one-thousand acres of land near Saranac Lake. The land deal will preserve miles of undeveloped shoreline. It will also protect an important...  Go to full article

Brian Mann: Rafting in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann, who just returned from a rafting trip in Alaska and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  Go to full article

Changing Land Management Practices

For years, environmentalists, government workers and others have been puzzled about why more farmers don't make use of environmentally friendly land management practices....  Go to full article

Pataki Announces Power Authority Lands Return at Louisville

Governor Pataki was in Louisville, in St. Lawrence County yesterday to announce that the New York Power Authority will transfer 800 acres of land is owns back to local...  Go to full article

Non-native Plants Taking Over Public Lands

Government officials say invasive plants are taking over public lands at the rate of thousands of acres a day. These invasives are plants that are not native to the area....  Go to full article

Reclaiming Grasslands

Martha Foley speaks with Neil Cheney, from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation office in Canton, about a program to reclaim overgrown farmland and convert it to...  Go to full article

NYPA Relicensing, Part 2: Taking a Risk

Drive along the St. Lawrence between Ogdensburg and Massena and you'll see a mosaic of public and private property. Beautiful riverside homes sit next to state picnic areas...  Go to full article

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