Aug 18, 2011 — A state Supreme Court judge has sided with environmental groups in a ruling that could lead to new restrictions on the kind of recreation allowed on Adirondack lakes and rivers. The decision this week found that the water and bed of Lows Lake in the central Adirondacks should be treated as an official wilderness area.
The ruling overturns a 2009 decision by the Adirondack Park Agency that left the lake unclassified. As Brian Mann reports, this legal precedent could force the APA to begin classifying dozens of lakes and rivers across the Park. Go to full article
Jan 22, 2009 — State officials have reopened the debate over the future of Lowes Lake in the central Adirondacks. The Department of Environmental Conservation says float planes should be allowed to use the lake for another four years. Some green groups say that would violate state law, which calls for Lowes Lake to be managed as a wilderness area. Brian Mann has this update. Go to full article
Oct 17, 2008 — We heard yesterday about the debate over floatplanes in the Adirondack Park. Disagreement over tourist flights to Lows Lake has triggered a new round of finger-pointing and accusations. A group called the Adirondacks' Common Ground Alliance is hoping to ease some of the tensions inside the blue line. The Alliance has been trying to identify issues that all sides can agree on, including green groups, local leaders, and state officials. Jacob Resneck attended a meeting this week at Paul Smiths and has our story. Go to full article
Oct 10, 2008 — On a narrow 6-5 vote, the Adirondack Park Agency has rejected a plan put forward by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to continue floatplane traffic on Lows Lake for another decade. The proposal failed thanks in large part to the votes of two board members representing other state agencies: the Department of State and the Department of Economic Development.
The debate was occasionally heated. Angry critics in local government blasted the APA for an "embarrassing" process. APA chairman Curt Stiles rejected that description and said he welcomed a new floatplane proposal from the DEC. The decision hinged on an interpretation of the State Land Master Plan, which calls for a phase out of motorized recreation on Lows Lake.
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Aug 08, 2008 — State officials have revived a controversial debate over the use of float planes on a remote Adirondack lake. The Department of Environmental Conservation says pilots carrying tourists and fishermen should have access to Lows Lake for another ten years. But many paddlers have complained about the flights and a coalition of green groups says the new plan violates state law. Brian Mann has details. Go to full article
Jun 06, 2005 — Dozens of floatplanes from all over the country flocked to Speculator this weekend for the Federal Aviation Administration's annual floatplane safety seminar. The gathering is meant to offer pilots new training and information. But it's also a chance for floatplane hobbyists to show off their lovingly restored planes and to test their skills on the water. Brian Mann was in the crowd on Saturday and sends this audio postcard. Go to full article
Dec 13, 2002 — The Adirondack Park Agency moved a step closer on Thursday to banning floatplanes on Lowes Lake. At the meeting yesterday, the Department of Environmental Conservation presented its plan for the Bog River management area, southwest of Tupper Lake. Go to full article