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Barbara McMartin, Author, Activist
Barbara McMartin, Author, Activist

Barbara McMartin, Adirondack Historian, Guide & Activist

For 30 years, Barbara McMartin has been one of the Adirondacks' most prolific authors. From her home in the southern Adirondacks, McMartin has also played a leading role in the Park's political life, authoring histories and public policy reports, and serving on prominent committees. She's now in the final months of her tenure as chair of the Forest Preserve Advisory Committee, which offers advice to the Department of Environmental Conservation. McMartin sat down recently to talk with Brian Mann about her career and some of the issues facing the Adirondack Park.  Go to full article
View of southern High Peaks from Mt. Adams
View of southern High Peaks from Mt. Adams

Southern High Peaks Conservation Deal Draws Local Concerns

The Adirondack Park Agency is reviewing a permit that will allow the preservation of more than nine thousand acres in the southern High Peaks. Recreation and pro-environment groups have praised the deal. Agency Commissioners are expected to approve the first phase of the project later today. But as Brian Mann reports, town officials in Newcomb say they didn't have enough time to properly review the plan.  Go to full article

Interim APA Chair Discusses Agency Challenges

Last week, Governor George Pataki named a new interim chairman to lead the Adirondack Park Agency. Rochester attorney Jim Townsend will take over at the June meeting. He says he's agreed to run the APA board until a permanent chairman is found. Townsend spoke with Brian Mann about the challenges facing the Agency.  Go to full article

Park Agency Interim Chairman Resigns Abruptly

The Adirondack Park Agency's interim chairman, Jim Frenette, announced his resignation Friday. The decision surprised commissioners and APA staff,coming just five months after the departure of veteran chairman Dick Lefebvre. Frenette, a Democrat from Tupper Lake, says nothing triggered his abrupt resignation. It was simply "time to move on."  Go to full article

Park Agency Considers Wilmington Development

The Adirondack Park Agency meets today and is expected to approve a plan to build a new housing development in Wilmington. The 21-lot development - called Whiteface Meadows - drew concern Thursday about open space protection. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Lake Placid: Private School Seeks New Campus On Farm Land

The National Sports Academy - a private high school in Lake Placid - is hoping to move its campus from the village center to a farm on the outskirts of town. The project has the support of local government leaders, but some residents say it will harm a rural neighborhood. As Brian Mann reports, the plan faces a final vote by the Adirondack Park Agency later this morning.  Go to full article

Budget Cuts Hit Environmental Protection Plan, APA

Pro-environmental groups say the governor's budget proposal would mean a "raid" on the state's Environmental Protection Fund. The fund is designed to help with land purchaces and stewartship. Also, the Adirondack Park Agency says it wil cut three positions from its staff to meet a $60,000 funding cut.  Go to full article

Float Planes Will Lose Access To Popular Adirondack Lake

The Adirondack Park Agency voted Friday to phase out the use of floatplanes on Lows Lake. The compromise is part of the "Bog River Unit Management Plan". As Brian Mann reports, the state has agreed to help tourism pilots find other lakes, where they can take their customers.  Go to full article

Lake George: Herbicide Use Rejected By Park Agency Committee

A key committee of the Adirondack Park Agency has rejected plans to use a chemical herbicide in Lake George. Meeting yesterday, the Agency effectively killed efforts to use SONAR to fight an invasive plant species. As Brian Mann reports, pro-environment groups praised the decision, while local residents reacted with fury.  Go to full article

Lake George: Bitter Debate Over Plan To Use Chemical

The Adirondack Park Agency has delayed a final vote on the use of a chemical herbicide in Lake George. Many locals hope the chemical "Sonar" will kill an invasive plant species called Eurasian watermilfoil. But Park Agency staff oppose the plan. As Brian Mann reports, the debate has turned ugly, with Lake George residents promising to lobby Governor Pataki.

Tuesday during regional news, we'll take the sonar question out onto the waters of Lake George, revisiting a summer trip to a bay that's infested with Eurasian watermilfoil.  Go to full article

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