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John Sheehan. Photo: Adirondack Council
John Sheehan. Photo: Adirondack Council

Council pushes for APA law update

The Adirondacks' largest environmental advocacy group is pushing for an overhaul of the rules that have guided development in the Park for 40 years. The Adirondack Council is calling for policy reform that would rehone the mission of the Adirondack Park Agency, and strengthen and clarify key portions of the law the agency works under.

John Sheehan is communications director of the Council, which has offices in Elizabethtown and Albany. He sat down with Martha Foley recently to talk in-depth about the effort and about the evolution of the environmental movement in the park.  Go to full article
Low's Lake from Grass Pond Mountain, looking southwest. Source: Wikipedia
Low's Lake from Grass Pond Mountain, looking southwest. Source: Wikipedia

Legislators Urge APA to designate Lows Lake as wilderness

St. Lawrence County legislators are urging the Adirondack Park Agency to fight a recent court decision that designates the water and bed of Lows Lake as wilderness. That's according to the Watertown Daily Times.  Go to full article
APA commissioners tour the Big Tupper project site (NCPR file photo)
APA commissioners tour the Big Tupper project site (NCPR file photo)

Big Tupper vote looming, all eyes on Adirondack Park Agency

Tomorrow in Ray Brook, Adirondack Park Agency commissioners begin their final three days of deliberations over the resort project planned for Tupper Lake. Developers hope to build hundreds of homes and condos on more than six thousand acres of land near the Big Tupper ski area. A final vote from the APA is planned for Friday.

Village Mayor Paul Maroun said he's hopeful a permit will be granted. "It's a big issue on the streets in Tupper Lake. Everybody's talking about it, both sides of the issue," Maroun noted.

Brian Mann has been following this project for seven years and he spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
APA commissioner Richard Booth (shown during a tour of the Adirondack Club and Resort property) led key questioning during Thursday's hearing (NCPR file photo)
APA commissioner Richard Booth (shown during a tour of the Adirondack Club and Resort property) led key questioning during Thursday's hearing (NCPR file photo)

Unanswered questions about wildlife at Big Tupper hearing

Yesterday was the first full day of public deliberations for the Adirondack Park Agency as commisioners consider a permit for the Big Tupper resort project.

The massive resort - with more than 700 homes, condos and mansions -- has developed into a flashpoint in debates over the Park's future and a final vote is expected in January.

On Thursday, commissioners heard testimony over a wide range of topics. But a key focus was the lack of comprehensive scientific data showing the resort's impact on wildlife.

As Brian Mann reports, specific concerns were raised about the construction of one new neighborhood that could displace amphibian species.  Go to full article
Lani Ulrich takes helm at APA. Photo: APA
Lani Ulrich takes helm at APA. Photo: APA

Ulrich tapped as first woman to chair Adirondack Park Agency

Governor Andrew Cuomo made history yesterday when he chose Lani Ulrich as the first woman ever to lead the Adirondack Park Agency. The Old Forge resident takes over immediately and will guide the APA as it makes a decision on the controversial Adirondack Club and Resort project in Tupper Lake.

The governor also made history by picking a St. Lawrence County resident to sit on the commission for the first time. Sherman Craig is a woodworker and former teacher from Wanakena. As Brian Mann reports, yesterday's announcement leaves a couple of big unanswered questions.  Go to full article

Little expects new APA chair soon

Speculation has been building for weeks over who Gov. Andrew Cuomo will choose as the next chairperson of the Adirondack Park Agency.

Lately, that speculaion has turned into concern as the agency board is about to begin reviewing one of the largest development projects ever proposed in the Park -- with no one in the chairman's seat. But one North Country lawmaker says she believes the governor is close to making a decision.  Go to full article
I think there's a huge need for more of the Park to be covered, and I think the carriers realize that

Cell tower boom slows in Adirondacks

The cell tower building boom in the Adirondacks has slowed this year. Applications to the Adirondack Park Agency are down - the agency has only issued nine permits or amendments for cell projects as of early October.

That's a big drop when compared to last year: 28 projects, and 2009, when the APA approved 27. Despite the trend, cell service providers say they're still planning to grow their wireless networks in the Park. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
APA commisioner Lani Ulrich. Photo: APA
APA commisioner Lani Ulrich. Photo: APA

Support grows for Ulrich to be APA chair

Support is reportedly building behind Lani Ulrich to assume the chairmanship of the state Adirondack Park Agency. Ulrich has served as an APA commissioner since 2004.

The Glens Fall Post-Star reported yesterday that local government leaders and environmental groups in the Park have come together to push Gov. Andrew Cuomo to nominate her to the position.

But as Chris Knight reports, Ulrich may have to resolve a pair of APA violations on her property if she wants the job.  Go to full article
Flash flooding from Irene scoured streams and created new slides in the Adirondack backcountry, as well as washing out man-made dams and creating new ones of flood debris. Photo: Chris Knight
Flash flooding from Irene scoured streams and created new slides in the Adirondack backcountry, as well as washing out man-made dams and creating new ones of flood debris. Photo: Chris Knight

Irene set records in the Adirondacks

Yesterday's meeting of Adirondack Park Agency Commissioners was the first since Tropical Storm Irene unleashed havoc along some of the park's rivers. They got a briefing from agency staff on the damage to homes, businesses, roads and bridges and the agency's response.

Commissioners were also updated on Irene's impacts to the back-country, and efforts to reopen trails that were closed in the aftermath of the storm.  Go to full article
Stiles has stepped aside, with no word yet on who will take his place (Source:  APA)
Stiles has stepped aside, with no word yet on who will take his place (Source: APA)

As big decisions loom, APA convenes without chairman

The Adirondack Park Agency met yesterday in Ray Brook. It was their first monthly meeting without former chairman Curt Stiles, who announced his resignation in mid-July.

As Brian Mann reports, there is still no indication from Governor Andrew Cuomo about who will lead the APA going forward or when a pick will be made.  Go to full article

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