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The new Center for Working Landscapes will be housed at the Paul Smith's VIC. Photo: Nora Flaherty
The new Center for Working Landscapes will be housed at the Paul Smith's VIC. Photo: Nora Flaherty

The Adirondack North Country: a "working landscape"

People across the North Country are grappling with big questions about sustainability and the future of the region. Today The Adirondack Center for Working Landscapes, a new collaboration between Paul Smiths College and Cornell Cooperative Extension, is hosting a symposium in search of some answers.

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Sarah Harris
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Brett McLeod teaches forestry at Paul Smith's College. The symposium, he says, is a way to bring together farmers, energy professionals, people in the tourism industry, "and anyone who really has an interest in constructing more durable communities here in the North Country."

McLeod says the symposium will introduce people to potential funding sources for natural resource-based projects.

And he hopes it will spur them to think about the region in a broader way.

"I'd like to get people to think about how we address life in the North Country and move past this polarized view that it either has to be for preservation or exploitation."

This is the first event sponsored by the Center for Working Landscapes. They'll host classes and seminars starting this summer.

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