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Rolling green hills of the South Downs in Sussex, England.
Rolling green hills of the South Downs in Sussex, England.

Across the Atlantic, an Adirondack-style debate over conservation

The Adirondack Park continues to be a lightning rod in the North Country. The debate often pits conservationists against development. Last October state Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward declared that "the great experiment is a failure" because of its constraints on economic development. Green groups argue that the Park is a boon for local economies that trade on the region's unique character.

One question is whether the Adirondack model is one that can be exported and used around the world. For example, former APA chairman Ross Whaley expressed skepticism in an interview last year. But across the Atlantic, in Great Britain, a similar scenario is being played out.

A national park in southeast England is using similar land use and zoning rules. Jacob Resneck visited the area recently and found that conservation efforts across the Atlantic are sparking a very similar debate.  Go to full article

North Country national guard troops training in Thailand

Last week, about 30 New York National Guard soldiers from armories in the North Country left for a training mission in Thailand. The troops will spend three weeks training with the Thai Army and Royal Thai Marines. Jacob Resneck caught up with some of the soldiers at the armory in Saranac Lake just hours before they left and has our story.  Go to full article

APA faces multi-county lawsuit over new regulations

Controversial regulations adopted by the Adirondack Park Agency late last year will have their day in court. Nine Adirondack counties as well as private property groups are challenging new rules that change the way the park agency regulates shoreline development and defines hunting and fishing cabins. Jacob Resneck reports.  Go to full article

ORDA revives conference center project

An ambitious plan to reinvent Lake Placid's Olympic Center has been revived by the Olympic Regional Development Authority. An earlier plan to build a massive conference center was scuttled last year after bids came in 40 percent over budget. Now ORDA says it's confident it can build a smaller convention center with the money it already has. Jacob Resneck reports.  Go to full article
Whiteface Mountain season pass holders got a jump on other skiers by riding the new lift and the new Wilmington trail a day before they officially opened to the public. Photo: John Fitzgerald, Lake Clear
Whiteface Mountain season pass holders got a jump on other skiers by riding the new lift and the new Wilmington trail a day before they officially opened to the public. Photo: John Fitzgerald, Lake Clear

Postcard from Whiteface: a tryout of Lookout's new trails

Today is the official opening of Lookout Mountain, a new ski lift and trail system at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington. Even though the ribbon cutting was today, the ski area opened the lift to season pass holders eager to get an early taste of the new intermediate trail system. Jacob Resneck tried it out.  Go to full article

APA streamlines review of telecom towers

Adirondack Park Agency commissioners have approved a new rule that would, in many cases, streamline the review process for telecommunications towers. Some environmentalists have resisted the change, which would allow APA staff to approve permits without bringing the project before the APA's Board of Commissioners. Jacob Resneck reports.  Go to full article

New York DEC sides with environmentalists in Adirondack Club and Resort lawsuit

The state of New York is siding with environmentalists in a lawsuit filed against the town of Tupper Lake. The suit challenges the town's rezoning of more than 6,000 acres of forestland surrounding the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort. Jacob Resneck has details.  Go to full article

The missing men of the "Indian Lake triangle"

The vast forests and river valleys around Indian Lake in Hamilton County offer some of the wildest and most beautiful country in the Adirondacks. But that sparsely-settled region can also be dangerous. Since 2006, three men have disappeared near Indian Lake. The most recent vanished this fall. Some officials have taken to calling the area the "Indian Lake Triangle." As Jacob Resneck reports, forest rangers charged with patrolling the area downplay the idea of any mystery. They say some visitors simply aren't prepared for the rugged, remote terrain.  Go to full article

Landfill expansion draws cross-border criticism

Franklin County's waste authority is hoping to dramatically expand its landfill -- which sits just south of the U.S.-Canada border. The waste authority held a hearing last night to take comments on possible environmental impacts. As Jacob Resneck reports, the meeting attracted a large crowd from both sides of the border.  Go to full article

Indian Lake grocery store may close

The only supermarket in the Adirondack town of Indian Lake may close for good. Owners of the Indian Lake Market say rising costs and out-of-town competition could force it out of business this winter. Jacob Resneck reports.  Go to full article

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