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DEC, Towns to Negotiate on IP Deal

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State environmental officials say they'll continue to work with towns in St. Lawrence County that have vetoed their portion of a massive land deal with International Paper. The IP deal would protect almost a quarter of a million acres of forest and wetland in nine Adirondack counties. Colton, Hopkinton, Piercefield, and Parishville say they won't approve the easements within their town limits unless the state agrees to build ATV trails on the land. David Sommerstein spoke with Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman Michael Fraser yesterday. He says the vetoes don't kill the deal in St. Lawrence County.

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