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With sympathy for the majority of folks who are seriously tired of winter, it has been a fabulous season for skiing. I’m strictly cross country so I can’t speak to downhill conditions. But I imagine those have been good...
Well, today we’re all hunkering down for yet another winter storm. But take heart, spring is around the corner. That’s why the National Capital Commission (NCC) closed the Rideau Canal yesterday, ending the 44th Skateway season And what...
Bias alert: I like winter. Maybe that’s because I’m not from these parts and haven’t had time to get sick of it yet. But I love the beauty, the way it changes all the time, all the winter sports, cosy sitting beside a crackling...
Public radio: it’s your go-to source for important, hard-hitting topics so often ignored by main-stream media. Such as the annual Christmas Bird Count, a popular event in environmental circles in the U.S. and Canada, as shown by this map of...
It’s been an eventful winter, weather-wise, so far. This time around the Ottawa region is not getting the big snowstorm that’s pummeling the U.S. northeast. But we’ve got the same cold temperatures. (It’s a frigid -27 C, or...


Special Reports

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Fishing on the St. Lawrence
Walleye and northern pike season opened the first Saturday in May. David Sommerstein spent a morning with two veteran guides.
Audio Slideshow
90 Miles by Canoe… in a Single Day
The 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic takes paddlers from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. Race organizer Brian McDonnell paddled the entire course in a single day—a journey he describes as the "90-mile cannonball."
Photo/Audio Essay
A Trek up Mt. Adams
A land deal will add thousands of acres to the state forest preserve, but it will almost certainly mean the removal of an antique fire tower that sits on Mt. Adams, near the town of Newcomb. Brian Mann made the climb.
Photo Audio Essay
Children's Camps in the Adirondacks
The Adirondack Museum opens today for the summer season. A major new exhibition looks at the history of the region's summer camps.
Photo/Audio Essay
Inside Dark Island's Castle
On the St. Lawrence River near Chippewa Bay, a representative for the buyers of Dark Island and its historic castle gave David Sommerstein a peek of what visitors could see as early as next summer.
Audio Slideshow
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
A Hike Up the Red Sandstone Trail
David Sommerstein hikes a new trail under construction along the Raquette River near Potsdam.
Photo Audio Essay
Winter Camping in the Adirondack High Peaks
The Adirondacks' High Peaks can be a hard place to find peace and quiet during the busy summer months. Many people choose the winter to get their fix for solitude among New York's tallest mountains. Winter camping offers unique pleasures and sometimes, unexpected perils. Brian Mann and David Sommerstein got plenty of both on a late winter expedition to Lake Colden and Algonquin Peak.
Photo Audio Essay
Snow Art in St. Regis Falls
A team from Dickinson Center won the 2002 New York State Snow Sculpting Competition in St. Regis Falls yesterday. Jody Tosti, an NCPR Team sculptor, spoke with some of her rivals.
Photo Audio Essay
Rock Climbing in the Adirondacks
People climb looking for adventure and amazing views—and a deeper connection to the mountains. Brian Mann climbed Hurricane Crag during the peak of this year's leaf season.
Audio Slideshow
Ellen in Canyonland
NCPR Station Manager Ellen says there's nothing like fear to get her attention as she reports on what she did on her summer vacation.
Photo Audio Essay
Lake Champlain Maritime History, pt. 1
Wreck diving off Burlington with Brian Mann.
Photo Audio Essay
37th Annual Clayton Antique Boat Show
Thousands of people visited Clayton for the 37th annual Antique Boat show and auctiona chance to view St. Lawrence skiffs, launches and runabouts.
Photo Audio Essay
Discovering Adirondack Old Growth Forest
The Adirondacks are home to some of the East's largest Old Growth Forests. Martha Foley talks with a naturalist who spent part of this summer finding the towering trees.

Decision Could Restrict Adirondack ATV Traffic

All-terrain vehicle groups say their sport is growing fast, with an estimated 300,000 4-wheelers in New York state. But a series of court decisions have made it difficult for local governments to open town and county roads to ATV traffic. Now, the state Department of Environmental Conservation says those rulings will also restrict the designation of new ATV routes in the Adirondack Park. As Brian Mann reports, the DEC policy is a major blow to ATV-enthusiasts hoping to develop a regional trail system. It could also lead to the closure of more than fifty roads that have already been opened in the western Adirondacks.  Go to full article

APA Considers Climbers' Impact on Wilderness

The Adirondack Park Agency begins review this morning of changes to management plans for the Dix and the Giant Mountain Wilderness Areas. As Brian Mann reports, the agency is worried about the heavy traffic of rock climbers and hikers in the area.  Go to full article

New Tourism Study Out

A new study is giving the region's tourism industry some facts and figures to chew on. Martha Foley talks with Laurie Marr, executive director of the Northern New York Travel and Tourism Research Center, about who comes to the North Country and what they spend their money on.  Go to full article

Timberland Sales Could Reshape Adirondack Park

Half of the Adirondack Park's six million acres are privately owned. Big timber companies like International Paper and Finch Pruyn control much of that land. But in recent...  Go to full article

Man Survives Two Weeks in the Woods

A Tupper Lake man lost in the woods for over two weeks walked out early yesterday. Police said he survived by building a makeshift lean-to and drinking pond water. Chris...  Go to full article

Insurance Deal Reopens Snowmobile Trails to Clubs

New York state's 9,000 miles of snowmobile trails won't be shut down like they were last winter, when an insurance crisis kept many snowmobilers home. Governor Pataki and...  Go to full article

Doctor Works To Prevent Sports Injuries

Most people understand the relationship between clean water or clean air and their own health. But having a healthy environment doesn't stop with natural ecosystems. It also...  Go to full article

New Tract in Adirondacks' High Peaks is Open

New York Governor George Pataki was in Newcomb Tuesday to announce the opening to the public of 6,000 acres in the Adirondack High Peaks region. The land is part of parcel...  Go to full article

Commentary: The Adirondack Guide

The Adirondack guide has been elevated to folk hero status. Chuck Brumley was a guide for some time. He gives us some of his observations into the 200 year old trade.  Go to full article
One of five Sibley guides out this fall.

Birding With David Allen Sibley

A walk with ornithologist and artist David Allen Sibley, author and illustrator of the Audubon Society's new series of guides to bird identification and behavior. Sibley led...  Go to full article

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