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Governor Andrew Cuomo paddles a stretch of the Indian River, just upstream from the confluence with the Hudson River. Photo: NYS Governor's office
Governor Andrew Cuomo paddles a stretch of the Indian River, just upstream from the confluence with the Hudson River. Photo: NYS Governor's office

Cuomo says he'll sign Adirondack wilderness plan

The Adirondack Park Agency voted Friday to create a vast new 24,000-acre wilderness and primitive area along a remote stretch of the upper Hudson River.

The land, most of which lies in Hamilton County, had been owned by the Finch Pruyn logging and paper company for more than a century.

This decision by the Adirondack Park Agency commission sets aside a sprawling area of wild rivers, pristine lakes, and forests where most human development will be banned forever.  Go to full article
OK Slip Falls, considered one of the prizes of the Finch, Pruyn deal Photo: C. Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy
OK Slip Falls, considered one of the prizes of the Finch, Pruyn deal Photo: C. Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy

Historic Finch Adirondack vote expected this morning

Park Agency commissioners are expected to vote later today on creation of a vast new wilderness area in the central Adirondacks. The APA is in the final steps of deciding the fate of the former Finch timber lands.  Go to full article
The confluence of the Hudson River, at right, and the Cedar River, bottom, is on the 18,300-acre Essex Chain of Lakes tract in the towns of Minerva and Newcomb. Photo: Carl Heilman II, courtesy of the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy
The confluence of the Hudson River, at right, and the Cedar River, bottom, is on the 18,300-acre Essex Chain of Lakes tract in the towns of Minerva and Newcomb. Photo: Carl Heilman II, courtesy of the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy

Historic Finch lands decision near in Adirondacks

The Adirondack Park Agency has begun final deliberations into the future of the Finch Pruyn timberlands.

Roughly 40.000 acres in the central Adirondacks are slated to be classified tomorrow, with state officials pushing for creation of a big new wilderness area along the upper Hudson River. Also in the works is a new motor-free paddling area on the Essex Chain of Lakes.

At the start of yesterday's session, APA executive director Terry Martino called the conservation effort "historic." She praised the Adirondack Nature Conservancy, which engineered the massive deal, first unveiled in 2007.

Some aspects of the Finch classification plan remain controversial, including a plan to build a snowmobile bridge over the wild Cedar River. But the big story this week may be how amicable this process has been, with far less drama and bitterness than in previous years.  Go to full article
OK Slip Falls, considered one of the prizes of the Finch, Pruyn deal Photo: C. Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy
OK Slip Falls, considered one of the prizes of the Finch, Pruyn deal Photo: C. Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy

NY agency to decide on new Adirondack land access

RAY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) The Adirondack Park Agency has expanded its monthly meeting to three days rather than the usual two this month, to make time for discussion of land-use plans for new Forest Preserve tracts in the central Adirondacks.

The meeting Wednesday through Friday in Ray Brook will include discussion of the alternatives for classifying the Essex Chain, Indian River, and OK Slip Falls tracts. The commission is scheduled to vote on the classification on Friday.  Go to full article
Canoes sit overturned along the shoreline of Leroy Douglas' campground in Silver Lake in July of this year. Douglas has settled a federal lawsuit he brought against the state Adirondack Park Agency and Adirondack Council that alleged they conspired to halt his development plans on the lake.<br />Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adireondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Canoes sit overturned along the shoreline of Leroy Douglas' campground in Silver Lake in July of this year. Douglas has settled a federal lawsuit he brought against the state Adirondack Park Agency and Adirondack Council that alleged they conspired to halt his development plans on the lake.
Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adireondack Daily Enterprise

Silver Lake man settles suit against APA, Adk Council

A Silver Lake man has settled the remaining claims in a multi-million-dollar federal lawsuit he brought against the state Adirondack Park Agency and the Adirondack Council.

Leroy Douglas had claimed the environmental group conspired with APA to reopen a 2006 enforcement case the agency pursued against him for a wetlands violation.

As part of the settlement, neither the APA nor the Council acknowledge any wrongdoing.  Go to full article

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Assemblyman Dan Stec says the Adirondack Park's dialogue has "evolved."  NCPR FILE Photo: Brian Mann
Assemblyman Dan Stec says the Adirondack Park's dialogue has "evolved." NCPR FILE Photo: Brian Mann

Stec says APA reform unlikely in Albany

Last week, Adirondack Explorer magazine held a day-long conference at the Paul Smiths VIC, asking big questions about the future of the Adirondack Park and the APA.

A growing number of environmental activists and government officials say the regulations that shape the Park's environment are outdated. Most of those rules haven't been updated for more than forty years.

As part of the conference, Brian Mann interviewed Republican Assemblyman Dan Stec, who took office last year.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo made a surprise visit to the Adirondacks this week to talk about the Finch Pruyn deal.
Governor Andrew Cuomo made a surprise visit to the Adirondacks this week to talk about the Finch Pruyn deal.

Governor Cuomo intervenes in Finch land process

Governor Andrew Cuomo made a surprise visit to the Adirondacks yesterday, meeting with the Adirondack Nature Conservancy at Follensby Pond near Tupper Lake and then talking with local government leaders at Gore Mountain near North Creek.

The topic on the table was the Finch Pruyn Land deal. The Adirondack Park Agency is currently in the process of classifying tens of thousands of acres of new lands that are being added to the protected forest preserve.

Brian Mann joins me now in the studio to talk about the governor's visit. Brian, why did the governor turn up suddenly like this?  Go to full article

Are North Country zoning rules promoting sprawl?

What if we're accidentally ruining our small towns in the North Country?

What if, with the best intentions, we've adopted planning and zoning rules that are actually making neighborhoods and downtowns less appealing, less liveable?

Randall Arendt is a conservation design planner and author of a series of books about rural development who will speak this week at a conference in the Adirondacks.

Arendt says from the Adirondack Park Agency right down to local zoning boards, people in the North Country have adopted ideas that don't fit our small towns.

Arendt spoke recently with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
APA Deputy Director for Planning Jim Connolly gave much of the presentation at Thursday's meeting in Ray Brook. Photo: Brian Mann
APA Deputy Director for Planning Jim Connolly gave much of the presentation at Thursday's meeting in Ray Brook. Photo: Brian Mann

APA redraws Adirondack Map

This week, Adirondack Park Agency commissioners are meeting in an extraordinary two-day session that focuses almost entirely on a single question: How should New York state manage tens of thousands of the former Finch Pruyn timberlands now being added to the "forever wild" forest preserve?

Their answer to that question -- which could come as early as next month -- will literally redraw the Adirondack map, redefining public recreation over a vast area of the North Country.  Go to full article

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