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View from Mt. Adams fire tower.
View from Mt. Adams fire tower.

New Vision for Adirondack Fire Towers

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A pro-environment group has issued a new report on the future of 31 historical fire towers inside the Adirondack Park. The tower system was built nearly a hundred years ago after massive fires ravaged the mountains. Forest Rangers now use airplanes and field spotters to battle wildfires. But many of the towers have become a popular destination for hikers. History buffs have worked to preserve the structures. The Residents Committee to Protect the Adirondacks says 23 firetowers should be preserved and developed into a new system of "educational field stations". Brian Mann spoke with RCPA director Peter Bauer.

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