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New Commissioner Named to Head State's Environment Programs

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has a new commissioner. Erin Crotty was appointed Monday by Governor George Pataki. She'll replace John Cahill, who has been named as Pataki's senior policy advisor. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

State Looks Outside Adirondacks For Input on Park Management

The Department of Environmental Conservation is pushing hard to finish a series of "unit management plans." These are documents that will shape the use of state lands in the Adirondacks for years to come. As part of the process, the DEC is holding public meetings outside the Park, in places like Long Island and New York City. Brian Mann traveled to a session last night in Albany. He found that people who visit the Adirondacks are deeply divided over how the park should be used--much like the people who live in the region.  Go to full article

Avalanche Awareness

Last year, the region was shocked by an avalanche that killed a skier in the Adirondack back country. It was a wakeup call—for skiers and the Department of Environmental Conservation's rangers. This year, rangers are hoping an education program and heightened awareness of the potential for dangerous avalanches will keep the public safe. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

DEC and APA Hold Hearing on Brighton Gravel Mine

The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Park Agency will hold a joint public hearing today to give the public a chance to express concerns about a proposed gravel mine in the Town of Brighton, in Franklin County. The mine is to be located on a 129-acre parcel near Jones Hill, and would require permits from both regulatory agencies. There's been much local concern about the planned mine, with the APA receiving nearly 65 letters from area residents about the potential impacts on local wildlife, the watershed, and the tourism industry. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

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