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Protecting the Adirondacks, Pt 2

The State of New York is pushing hard to finish dozens of unit management plans, the blueprints that govern recreation and environmental protection in the Adirondacks. The process is controversial in the North Country, but it's also drawing attention outside the Park. Brian Mann attended a meeting in Albany soon after the initiative was launched.  Go to full article

Planning In the Adirondack Park: Process Is Slow & Controversial

When the Adirondack Park Agency was created, in the early 1970s, the act called for creation of dozens of unit management plans. The plans were meant to be detailed blueprints, shaping recreation and environmental protection in the Park's state forests. But in the decades since, few of those plans have been created. A $12-million initiative launched two years ago was meant to fill in the blanks. But as Brian Mann reports, there are worries that the planning process is behind schedule and facing some tough debates.  Go to full article

AT&T Tests Adirondack Cell Tower Policy

The Adirondack Park Agency is reviewing an application by AT&T wireless that could improve cell phone service along a stretch of the Northway. The antenna project is a first test of the agency's new tower policy, designed to protect the region's views. Brian Mann was at yesterday's APA meeting and has this report.  Go to full article

APA Approves New Communications Tower Regulations

On Friday the Adirondack Park Agency approved a new policy that will guide construction of cell and broadcast towers in the mountains. Huge areas of the Park don't have cell phone service. Under the policy, new towers will face tough guidelines aimed at protecting scenery and limiting clutter. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

APA Moves Forward with Cell Tower Guidelines

The Adirondack Park Agency has voted to move forward with a new policy that will guide construction of cell phone towers. Some critics say new towers may be unnecessary. The agency will hold a series of public hearings next month. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

APA Sets New Guidelines for Beaver Control

With the decline of trapping, the north country's beaver population has rebounded dramatically. The animals are an important part of the region's wildlife--but they're also a nuisance for government agencies and many private landowners. The Adirondack Park Agency is establishing new guidelines for people dealing with beavers and the flooding caused by their dams. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Interest Groups Debate Park-wide Snowmobile Plan for the Adirondacks

Dozens of snowmobilers turned out for a public forum last night in Old Forge. State officials are developing a new snowmobile plan for the Adirondacks. The idea is to connect local trails into a park-wide network. Talks are going on in private as well. As Brian Mann reports, the state hopes to avoid a major battle between interest groups, but the plan is sure to be controversial.

The next public meeting will be held Wednesday (2-28) evening at Queensbury Town Hall. There's also a meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 8, at the high school in Colton from 4 to 7 pm. Other meetings will be held in Albany, Rochester, and Utica.  Go to full article

Park Agency Reviews Gravel Mining Permit in Town of Essex

The Adirondack Park Agency wraps up its monthly meeting today in Ray Brook. Commissioners will review a controversial permit that would allow a gravel mine on a farm in the town of Essex. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Adirondack Development: Thirty Years After Park Agency Act, Industry and Sprawl Are Reshaped

For three decades, the Adirondack Park Agency has shaped and restricted use of private land in the Adirondacks. The Agency's regulations affect thousands of property owners and more than 3.5 million acres of land. They're viewed as a model by pro-environment groups, but some locals say the zoning plan has damaged small towns and villages. In this first of a two-part series, Brian Mann assesses the Act's impact on the region. Today, he looks at two types of development where the regulations have meant dramatic changes: rural sprawl and heavy industry.  Go to full article

DEC and APA Hold Hearing on Brighton Gravel Mine

The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Park Agency will hold a joint public hearing today to give the public a chance to express concerns about a proposed gravel mine in the Town of Brighton, in Franklin County. The mine is to be located on a 129-acre parcel near Jones Hill, and would require permits from both regulatory agencies. There's been much local concern about the planned mine, with the APA receiving nearly 65 letters from area residents about the potential impacts on local wildlife, the watershed, and the tourism industry. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

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