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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.

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 and more than 3.5 million acres of land. They're viewed as a model by pro-environment groups, but some locals say the zoning plan has damaged small towns and villages. In this first of a two-part series, Brian Mann assesses the Act's impact on the region. Today, he looks at two types of development where the regulations have meant dramatic changes: rural sprawl and heavy industry.  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 Adirondacks for years to come. As part of the process, the DEC is holding public meetings outside the Park, in places like Long Island and New York City. Brian Mann traveled to a session last night in Albany. He found that people who visit the Adirondacks are deeply divided over how the park should be used--much like the people who live in the region.  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

DEC and APA Hold Hearing on Brighton Gravel Mine

The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Park Agency will hold a joint public hearing today to give the public a chance to express concerns about a...  Go to full article

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