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Resort developers Tom Lawson (L) and Michael Foxman (R) during yesterday's proceedings (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Resort developers Tom Lawson (L) and Michael Foxman (R) during yesterday's proceedings (Photos: Brian Mann)

Big Tupper developers win round in court, Nature Conservancy cries foul

Developers of a new resort in Tupper Lake won a major victory yesterday when a local jury awarded them road access to a 1200-acre parcel of land.

The decision will allow the Adirondack Club and Resort to maintain a short road easement across neighboring property owned by the Adirondack Nature Conservancy.

The company says they needed access in order to move their project forward. The green group says the developers wanted to take their private property rights.

Brian Mann was in Tupper Lake and has our story.  Go to full article
The Domtar conservation deal is drawing new scrutiny, including an Attorney General probe.  (Source:  TNC)
The Domtar conservation deal is drawing new scrutiny, including an Attorney General probe. (Source: TNC)

DEC-Nature Conservancy land deal in Clinton County draws new scrutiny

This week, North Country Public Radio is looking in-depth at the big conservation land deals that are reshaping the Adirondack Park.

The New York Post has raised allegations that one of those deals, in Clinton County, was mishandled. According to an article published earlier this month, the Department of Environmental Conservation overpaid for land near Lyon Mountain by millions of dollars. The paper's sources described the 2008 sale as a "sweetheart" deal designed to benefit the Adirondack Nature Conservancy.

But as Brian Mann reports, it appears that the land sale included a series of checks and balances designed to insure a fair deal.

We'll conclude our series on major Adirondack land conservation deals tomorrow with a look at the Adirondack Local Government Review Board and its role.

Note: The audio of journalist Fred Dicker talking about the Domtar deal comes from his radio program on the Albany station Talk 1300.  Go to full article

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