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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.

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. Often, plants such as garlic mustard and kudzu were brought to a region for ornamental use, before spreading to other areas where they weren't wanted. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mary Jo Wagner reports, efforts to stop the spread of these plants have been spotty.  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 grasslands for the benefit of birds and other wildlife.  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 and town beaches. New York Power Authority marinas and recreation areas share the shoreline with Mohawk tribal lands. These diverse interests share one thing in common: the water in the wide St. Lawrence and 37 miles of its shoreline are used to make two million kilowatts of electricity at the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project near Massena. Nearly fifty years ago, the project flooded thousands of acres of marshes, farms, businesses, and houses. A series of public meetings began almost five years ago to hear from stakeholders looking for compensation as the New York Power Authority seeks a license to operate the project for another 50 years. After all the bargaining, when the Power Authority released a draft of its application in January, some groups cried foul and accused the Power Authority of not negotiating in good faith. In part 2 of David Sommerstein's series on the relicensing, local groups are stepping up their struggle to get a settlement they can live with for half a century, but in doing so, they risk losing what they've already been offered.  Go to full article

Waterfront Real Estate Boom: Adirondack Development Series, Part 2

One of the great myths of the Adirondack Park is that state zoning laws restrict or at least shape most development on private land. In fact, much of the real estate boom of...  Go to full article

Adirondack Development: Thirty Years After Park Agency Act, Industry and Sprawl Are Reshaped

For three decades, the Adirondack Park Agency has shaped and restricted use of private land in the Adirondacks. The Agency's regulations affect thousands of property owners...  Go to full article

Saranac Lake's Waterfront

Martha Foley talks with Saranac Lake Community Development Director Deb McDonnell about that village's continuing efforts to make the most of its five miles of waterfront.  Go to full article

State Looks Outside Adirondacks For Input on Park Management

The Department of Environmental Conservation is pushing hard to finish a series of "unit management plans." These are documents that will shape the use of state lands in the...  Go to full article

Grazing Land Management

Martha Foley and Karen Smith, spokeswoman for the New York State Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, discuss the future of the Adirondack North Country region’s...  Go to full article

Supreme Court Wetlands Ruling: the New York Effects

Last week, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that could remove protections from many of the nation's wetlands sent regulators and environmentalists scrambling to the lawbooks. In...  Go to full article

The Traffic Dilemma in Essex: The Village Historic District Is Also a Major Transport Corridor

For more than two centuries, ships have docked at the village of Essex, on the shore of Lake Champlain. In recent years, the town's ferry connection to Vermont has grown in...  Go to full article

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