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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

A Talk With Residents Committee Director, Peter Bauer

A pro-environment group is suing New York state to stop 4-wheeler traffic on more than fifty roads in the western Adirondack Park. The Residents Committee to Protect the Adirondacks filed the suit on Monday. It would curtail ATV riding on state land in Lewis, Herkimer, Jefferson, and Hamilton Counties. Brian Mann spoke with RCPA director Peter Bauer.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Slam Snowmobile Plan

Conservation groups are condemning a new snowmobile plan proposed for the Adirondack Park. At a hearing last night in Albany, environmentalists argued that the proposed corridor system would mean construction of new 12-foot-wide roads in the Park -- a violation the "forever wild" provision of the state constitution.
As Brian Mann reports, snowmobile advocates say this opposition from "green" groups reflects a growing bias against motorized recreation.  Go to full article

Decision Could Restrict Adirondack ATV Traffic

All-terrain vehicle groups say their sport is growing fast, with an estimated 300,000 4-wheelers in New York state. But a series of court decisions have made it difficult for local governments to open town and county roads to ATV traffic. Now, the state Department of Environmental Conservation says those rulings will also restrict the designation of new ATV routes in the Adirondack Park. As Brian Mann reports, the DEC policy is a major blow to ATV-enthusiasts hoping to develop a regional trail system. It could also lead to the closure of more than fifty roads that have already been opened in the western Adirondacks.  Go to full article

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