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NCPR News Staff: Brian Mann

Adirondack Bureau Chief
Brian Mann grew up in Alaska, where he fell in love with public radio. In 1999, Brian moved to the Adirondacks and helped launch NCPR's news bureau at Paul Smiths College. "I love the chemistry of water and mountains," Brian says. "But I'm also pretty crazy about village life in the north country. It's the kind of place where you know your neighbors." Brian lives in Saranac Lake with wife Susan and son Nicholas. He's a frequent contributor to NPR and also writes regularly for regional magazines, including Adirondack Life and the Adirondack Explorer. E-mail

Stories filed by Brian Mann

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People: Clarence Petty, Adirondack Conservationist

Last month, 94-year-old Clarence Petty was honored with the Wilderness Society's Robert Marshall award for a career of activism in the Adirondacks. Petty is one of the most respected men in New York's conservation movement, having grown up in the mountains and lived most of his life in the woods. Reporter Brian Mann met recently with Petty and has this profile of a man still passionate about wild lands.  Go to full article

Ending the Summer With Ice Cream

Brian Mann drops by Donnelly's ice cream stand between Saranac Lake and Paul Smith's to gather some thoughts on the end of summer.  Go to full article

Attracting Diversity to Regional Parks and Wilderness

Parks and wilderness areas in the North Country are still primarily white, a fact that has some observers worried. But there's a new effort underway to broaden the appeal of parks and wilderness areas beyond the white community. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Lake George Debates Watermilfoil Herbicide Use

A hearing was held last night in Lake George to discuss the use of the chemical SONAR to kill the invasive weed watermilfoil in the lake. Environmentalists say it would hurt water quality, while local government officials favor using the herbicide. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Maritime History in Lake Champlain,
Part 2 of 3, Rediscovering the Battle of Valcour Island

This month--225 years ago--Benedict Arnold launched his fleet of ships on Lake Champlain. The history of that campaign is now being rediscovered and re-evaluated. Archeologists are pulling long-lost artifacts from the muddy silt near the battle of Valcour Island. Re-enactors are bringing to life a desperate, brutal struggle that helped to launch the American Revolution. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Maritime History in Lake Champlain,
Part 1 of 3, Wreck Diving off Burlington

A trip into history beneath the waters of Lake Champlain--Brian Mann joins a team of divers exploring Lake Champlain's underwater historic preserve.  Go to full article

Mercury Contamination in Lakes Harms the Common Loon

Researchers in the Adirondacks are working to learn more about the common loon. The latest field study is raising questions about mercury contamination in the lakes and ponds where the loons live. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Census Shows Increase in Rural Same-sex Couple Households

The 2000 census shows that there are more gay and lesbian couples than ever before living in rural areas. In New York, the number of same-sex couples living in small towns has jumped nearly five-fold. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Proposed Power Boat Ban Divides Neighbors

Neighbors in the Adirondacks are divided on a proposal to ban motorboats on ten lakes and rivers. Brian Mann reports on the competing visions of recreation.  Go to full article

Sagamore Retreats: Crossing the Generational Divide

This summer, the Sagamore great camp, near Raquette Lake, held a series of five retreats for grandparents and grandkids. Brian Mann visited Sagamore last summer and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

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