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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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Activists Worry: Blacks and Hispanics Less Engaged With Wilderness

This holiday weekend, a wave of visitors will hit the Adirondacks. Thousands of tourists and campers will arrive from the cities, fanning out from Old Forge to the High Peaks to Lake George. If there's one thing that these visitors have in common, it's that they're mostly white. Nationwide, blacks and Hispanics have shown little interest in wilderness areas. Activists worry that this trend will have dire consequences in coming years, when whites are no longer in the majority. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

A Tiny College In A Big Wilderness: A Profile of the Wanakena Ranger School

This time of year, thousands of college students in the north country are graduating and preparing to move on. Most have had unique experiences, but few can match the year spent by students at the Ranger school in Wanakena. Brian Mann visited the remote campus, on the shore of Cranberry Lake in the western Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Five Ponds Wilderness: a Journey on the Bog River and the Oswegatchie

One of the classic Adirondack canoe routes begins near Tupper Lake and winds through the Five Ponds Wilderness toward Cranberry Lake. That section of the north country offers some of the most remote forests and rivers in the East. Two of our reporters, Brian Mann and David Sommerstein, made the trip earlier this month. They sent back this audio journal.  Go to full article

Slowing the Spread of Non-native Species

In the North Country, we often hear about non-native invasive species that are spreading in our lakes and rivers. Zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil have been problems here for years. Now, a new effort is underway to slow invasive species that are arriving by land. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

APA Sets New Guidelines for Beaver Control

With the decline of trapping, the north country's beaver population has rebounded dramatically. The animals are an important part of the region's wildlife--but they're also a nuisance for government agencies and many private landowners. The Adirondack Park Agency is establishing new guidelines for people dealing with beavers and the flooding caused by their dams. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Writer Chronicles Adirondack Fire Towers

Brian Mann talks with Marty Podskoch, a historian who's working on a book about fire towers in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Fire Crews Battle Dozens of Blazes

In the last week, volunteer fire crews and state forest rangers have battled more than two dozen blazes across the north country. This spring's unseasonably dry, hot weather is expected to continue and officials worry that more fires are coming. As Brian Mann reports, trees damaged by the ice storm of 1998 are adding fuel to these fires.  Go to full article

Forest Fire in Town of Keene

The latest Adirondack forest fire claimed ten acres in the town of Keene yesterday. Firefighters responded to reports of smoke just after 2 o'clock. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Train Sparks Wildfire in Essex

High winds and dry weather have led to a rash of wildfires in the North Country this week. Nearly 500 acres of timber and farmland burned in the towns of Essex and Willsboro yesterday. The blaze was started by sparks thrown from a passing train. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Firefighters Contain Lake Placid Blaze

Forest rangers and volunteer departments contain a forest fire in Lake Placid yesterday afternoon. Brian Mann reports  Go to full article

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