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 A discussion group at the Wildlands Exchange Conference.
A discussion group at the Wildlands Exchange Conference.

Canada's Parks: A More Restrictive Model for the Adirondacks?

This summer, visitors to the High Peaks found more rules and regulations than ever before. The new unit management plan bans campfires and limits the size of hiking groups. But compared with parks in Canada, the Adirondacks are still wide open.
At a conference this weekend, recreation users and pro-environment groups debated a future where that could change, with access to the backcountry limited by quotas and permits. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Winning the Wildfire Battle, Forest Rangers Worry About the Long Campaign

Rain showers on Thursday brought relief to firefighters across the Adirondacks. But with more sunny weather in the forecast, drought conditions are expected to continue into the fall. As Brian Mann reports, state forest rangers worry that the current rash of fires could worsen dramatically in the weeks ahead.  Go to full article

Anatomy of A Wildfire: A Conversation With Fire Expert Joseph Kennedy

Brian Mann talks with Joseph Kennedy, a New York state forest ranger, about the science--and the dangers--of wildfires. More than twenty blazes are now burning across the region.  Go to full article

North Country Fire Crews In Oregon: Dangerous Duty, But All Well

A team of New York state firefighters is due home today, from Wyoming. A second twenty-person crew has arrived in Oregon and is battling blazes in the Williamette National Forest. As Brian Mann reports, the team is working in a part of the country where thousands have been evacuated from their homes.  Go to full article

State Announces New Adirondack Projects: Much Needed Trail Work & Planning

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation will spend three hundred thousand dollars on "stewardship" projects in the Adirondack Park. Part of the money will go to rebuild trails in the High Peaks. But the new spending will also help state officials draft the blueprints that guide public use of the forest preserve. As Brian Mann reports, the push to create dozens of new plans has bogged down.  Go to full article

DEC Asks for Public Input in Upper Hudson Management Plan

Whitewater rafting and concerns about its impact on fish life in the Upper Hudson River dominated the Department of Environmental Conservation's first public meeting on the next five-year management plan for the Hudson River Gorge. Katy O'Dell has more.  Go to full article

Guilt-Free Boating: Environmental Officials Push Low-impact Outboard Motors

More than twelve thousand boats are registered on Lake Champlain, most of them using 2-stroke outboard engines. Environmental officials in New York and Vermont say those engines are noisy and inefficient, dumping as much as a third of their gas and oil directly into the water. The states are teaming up with the EPA and industry groups to phase out 2-stroke engines. But as Brian Mann reports, the effort is meeting resistance from some dealers:  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

New York DEC Names New Head Ranger

After months of being vacant, the Department of Environmental Conservation has filled its position of the Head of Forest Rangers in New York State. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Repair of Environmental Damage is Criticized

A pro-environment group is criticizing a plan by two state agencies to fix environmental damage in a Wild Forest area of the western Adirondacks. The damage was caused when the Department of Environmental Conservation did maintenance work on an old logging road. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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