Feb 14, 2006 — New York's Department of Environmental Conservation is planning to restore and preserve a fire tower in the Central Adirondacks. The proposal is included in the DEC's draft Unit Management Plan for the Blue Ridge Wilderness and Wakely Mountain Primitive Area. The plan calls for keeping the Wakely Mountain fire tower, fire observer's cabin and a wooden helipad for radio communications, historic preservation and recreation. While fire tower supporters are backing the plan, others say it violates long-standing state environmental policy. Chris Knight reports.