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St. Regis Mt. fire tower. (source: Wikipedia)
St. Regis Mt. fire tower. (source: Wikipedia)

APA gives fire towers "historic" OK

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A lengthy and contentious battle over the fate of two fire towers in the Adirondacks came to a head at the Adirondack Park Agency's meeting in Ray Brook yesterday.

The APA board voted unanimously to designate half-acre areas under two prominent and popular fire towers "historic." Both towers had been slated for removal because the mountains are designated primitive or wilderness. Under the park master plan, that means no structures are allowed.

The new label allows the towers to stay, and clears the way for possible restoration. Other fire towers in the park have been maintained and preserved by private groups. Fire towers enthusiasts praised the decision. But environmentalists argue that allowing the structures to remain violates the wilderness guidelines. Chris Knight reports.

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