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Domtar Deal Raises Questions About State Management of Vast Adk Lands

During his state of the state address, Governor Pataki praised a new land deal with Domtar Industries that will preserve more than a hundred thousand acres of timber land in Clinton and Franklin Counties. The 23-million dollar deal follows closely on the heels of other land purchases, involving International Paper and National Lead. Much of the land will be protected by conservation easements. Logging will continue, but sprawl and housing development are banned. Pro-environment groups say easements are an important tool for preserving open space and improving recreation. But as Brian Mann reports, some critics wonder if the state has the resources to manage these complex land deals over the long haul.  Go to full article
Preserved Domtar Lands<br />(Source: Adk Nature Conservancy)
Preserved Domtar Lands
(Source: Adk Nature Conservancy)

Adk Lands Preserved in Massive $23 Million Conservation Deal

Environmentalists and state officials have unveiled the third largest land conservation deal in New York's history. More than a hundred thousand acres of Adirondack timberland, owned by Domtar, will be protected from development in Clinton and Franklin counties. The 23-million dollar deal was brokered by the Adirondack Nature Conservancy. As Brian Mann reports, the Domtar lands have topped environmental groups' wish lists for more than a decade.  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

Tupper Bans More Electric Heat

The village of Tupper Lake has imposed a five-year moratorium on new homes and buildings that use electricity for heat. The energy conservation measure comes as Tupper Lake negotiates for better power service from Niagara Mohawk. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

NY Enviros Call for More Green Funds

Last week a coalition of environmental groups called on Governor Pataki and the state legislature to double New York's fund for environmental preservation. They point to a recent Cornell University study that found while Upstate's population has remained steady, urban sprawl is gobbling up more forest and farmland. But as David Sommerstein reports, the state faces a multibillion dollar deficit next year and the environmental fund helps fill out the budget.  Go to full article
Gary Randorf on Round Pond
Gary Randorf on Round Pond

Wilderness Photographer Gary Randorf

Autumn color is peaking in the Adirondacks. That means hundreds of photographers are out in the field, searching for that perfect chemistry of light and landscape. Gary Randorf is one of the region's veteran photographers. His book is called The Adirondacks--Wild Island of Hope. Brian Mann has this profile.  Go to full article

Loon Census This Saturday

David Sommerstein talks with Nina Schoch, program coordinator for the Adirondack Cooperative Loon Program's 3rd annual loon census. You can participate by calling 518-891-8836 or clicking on the link below.  Go to full article
Joe Rappa shows off the final product.
Joe Rappa shows off the final product.

Biodiesel: Brew Your Own Fuel

Tomorrow in Canton the North Country Sustainable Energy Fair showcases alternative energies and conservation techniques, from wind and solar power to "green" construction. One presenter will share his experience turning used vegetable oil into biodiesel fuel to power his car. David Sommerstein has this profile.  Go to full article

State Land Deal Unveiled: 4,000 Acres Protected Near Long Lake

Governor George Pataki has quietly agreed to spend more than two million dollars buying recreation and conservation easements on a chunk of land near Long Lake. The deal will protect most of the Cedarlands Boy Scout Camp from development. As Brian Mann reports, the four thousand acre project was finalized more than two weeks ago, without any public announcement.  Go to full article

Canada Protects Endangered Species

Canada has a new law to protect endangered species. It is designed to protect more than 400 species and their critical habitat. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium?s Dan Karpenchuk reports.  Go to full article

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