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ATV Trail Damage (Source:  Wildlife Conservation Society)
ATV Trail Damage (Source: Wildlife Conservation Society)

ATV Riders Trespass, Some Call it Civil Disobedience

The DEC is still taking public comment on a proposed policy that would effectively ban all-terrain vehicles from the Adirondack forest preserve. The deadline is May 27. State vehicle and traffic law already prohibits the use of 4-wheelers on most roads in the north country. But with ATV sales booming, riders trespass regularly on public and private land. They also use roadways where 4-wheelers are illegal. Many enthusiasts say they'll continue to take their machines into posted areas, regardless of state law. Critics describe the sport as lawless. But as Brian Mann reports, some ATV riders see trespassing as an act of civil disobedience.

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Legislators deliberate ATV resolution yesterday.
Legislators deliberate ATV resolution yesterday.

St. Lawrence County Backs ATV Riders

St. Lawrence County is sending state officials a pro-ATV message. The legislature unanimously passed a resolution yesterday urging the DEC to establish a trail system for four-wheelers. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

ATV Riders Angry At Trails Policy, Governor

ATV activists lobbied state officials last night in Tupper Lake. 4-wheel riders want more trails and access to state land. As Brian Mann reports, many locals are angry at Republican Governor George Pataki.  Go to full article

Riders Slam State ATV Plan

ATV riders gave state environment officials an earful at a public meeting in Canton last night. The DEC is getting input on its draft plan for regulating 4-wheeler use on state land. It virtually bans ATVs in the Adirondack Forest Preserve and restricts trails in other state forests. As David Sommerstein reports, riders say the state is excluding a growing sport.  Go to full article

Support Strong For ATVs at Lowville Hearing

Environment officials have begun gathering public input on a plan that would ban all terrain vehicles on state land in the Adirondack Park.  Go to full article

Clinton County Child Dies On 4-wheeler

State police say an eight-year-old boy was killed Sunday afternoon while riding an ATV in Schuyler Falls in Clinton County. Jordan Burdick was apparently trapped when the vehicle rolled. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

DEC, Towns to Negotiate on IP Deal

State environmental officials say they'll continue to work with towns in St. Lawrence County that have vetoed their portion of a massive land deal with International Paper. The IP deal would protect almost a quarter of a million acres of forest and wetland in nine Adirondack counties. Colton, Hopkinton, Piercefield, and Parishville say they won't approve the easements within their town limits unless the state agrees to build ATV trails on the land. David Sommerstein spoke with Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman Michael Fraser yesterday. He says the vetoes don't kill the deal in St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Towns Veto IP Land Deal

At least three towns in southern St. Lawrence County are taking on Albany over a massive land deal with International Paper. Colton, Piercefield, and Hopkinton have vetoed the state's purchase of conservation easements on more than 33,000 acres of land within their town borders. Parishville was expected to joiin them last night. If the vetoes stand, they would prevent the state from conserving land only in those towns. Overall, the IP deal would protect nearly 260,000 acres of Adirondack land in 9 counties. It would be the largest such deal in state history. Stephen Borey is supervisor of the town of Hopkinton. He spoke with David Sommerstein. He says the state failed to compromise with the towns on their biggest concern - the construction of public ATV trails on the new tracts.  Go to full article

ATVs, 4-wheelers "Banned" In Adirondack Park

State officials say they'll close more than fifty roads in the western Adirondacks to all-terrain vehicles. The move affects popular 4-wheeler routes in St. Lawrence, Herkimer, and Lewis counties. As Brian Mann reports, environmental groups are describing the move as a "virtual ban" on ATVs in the Adirondack Park.  Go to full article

Suit Would Close 4-wheeler roads in Adirondack Park

A pro-environment group is suing New York state over dozens of roads in the western Adirondacks that have been opened to 4-wheeled all terrain vehicles. The Residents Committee to Protect the Adirondacks claims the popular routes violate state law and should be closed. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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