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The Essex Chain of Lakes. The process is now underway to determine what kind of recreation and public use will be allowed. Photo: Carl Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy
The Essex Chain of Lakes. The process is now underway to determine what kind of recreation and public use will be allowed. Photo: Carl Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy

Essex Chain of Lakes almost ready for lots of summer visitors

The state is expecting a large number of visitors this summer to one of the key acquisitions in the Finch, Pruyn and Co. land deal. A limited number of campsites will be available to the public in the Essex Chain of Lakes in the central Adirondacks starting next month.

Meanwhile, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released a longer-term management plan to guide recreation for this new tract of Forest Preserve.  Go to full article
NYCO's Mark Buckley points to the border between mine-owned lands and the state forest preserve. Photo: Brian Mann
NYCO's Mark Buckley points to the border between mine-owned lands and the state forest preserve. Photo: Brian Mann

APA: NYCO may drill on forest preserve tract

The state Adirondack Park Agency has approved a controversial proposal that will allow NYCO Minerals to conduct exploratory drilling on state Forest Preserve land.

The unanimous decision to amend the unit management plan for the Jay Mountain Wilderness took place Friday at the agency's monthly meeting in Ray Brook. It was opposed by environmental groups who questioned the legality of the proposal and may continue the fight by taking the APA to court.  Go to full article
The plan was unveiled at the Wild Center last week. Photo: Sarah Harris
The plan was unveiled at the Wild Center last week. Photo: Sarah Harris

What "sustainability" means for the North Country

The North Country Sustainability Plan was unveiled last week. The plan tackles energy, land use, transportation and water and waste management across seven counties.  Go to full article
One of the Ton-Da-Lay architectural drawings from 1972.  Photo: Andy Flynn
One of the Ton-Da-Lay architectural drawings from 1972. Photo: Andy Flynn

Adirondack Attic: Remembering Ton-Da-Lay

Andy Flynn visited the Adirondack Museum to look at architectural drawings for Ton-Da-Lay, a development in the town of Altamont, now Tupper Lake, that was proposed in the 1970s.

It called for creating 4,000 lots on 18,500 acres of property in the northern part of the town, with a goal of attracting 20,000 people. That's four times the population of the villages of Tupper Lake or Saranac Lake. The proposal was approved by the town, but rejected by the state.  Go to full article
A local contracting crew was expected today to resume tearing down Arthur Spiegel's half-built, 10,000-square-foot mansion in Lake Placid, seen here Friday. Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
A local contracting crew was expected today to resume tearing down Arthur Spiegel's half-built, 10,000-square-foot mansion in Lake Placid, seen here Friday. Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Demolition ends Speigel house dispute

A contractor is expected to resume demolition today of a 10,000-square foot house in Lake Placid that was the focus of a long-running legal battle between a Plattsburgh businessman and the Adirondack Park Agency.

A judge had ruled last year that Arthur Spiegel's ridgeline home, which is visible from state Route 86 and Lake Placid, had violated height, setback and other permit requirements.

As Chris Knight reports, demolition began after the judge set a deadline for Spiegel to come into compliance, or face a stiff penalty.  Go to full article
APA commisioner Lani Ulrich. Photo: APA
APA commisioner Lani Ulrich. Photo: APA

Support grows for Ulrich to be APA chair

Support is reportedly building behind Lani Ulrich to assume the chairmanship of the state Adirondack Park Agency. Ulrich has served as an APA commissioner since 2004.

The Glens Fall Post-Star reported yesterday that local government leaders and environmental groups in the Park have come together to push Gov. Andrew Cuomo to nominate her to the position.

But as Chris Knight reports, Ulrich may have to resolve a pair of APA violations on her property if she wants the job.  Go to full article
Stiles has stepped aside, with no word yet on who will take his place (Source:  APA)
Stiles has stepped aside, with no word yet on who will take his place (Source: APA)

As big decisions loom, APA convenes without chairman

The Adirondack Park Agency met yesterday in Ray Brook. It was their first monthly meeting without former chairman Curt Stiles, who announced his resignation in mid-July.

As Brian Mann reports, there is still no indication from Governor Andrew Cuomo about who will lead the APA going forward or when a pick will be made.  Go to full article

Challenge to APA land use regulations rejected in court

A challenge to a controversial set of state Adirondack Park Agency regulations has been rejected, in a midlevel state court.

The New York Blue Line Council and several municipalities filed suit against the APA in 2008 for a set of regulations on shoreline structures and hunting cabins. The rules also affected other private land uses. The group alleged that the regulations placed an undue burden on property owners looking to build on private land because they would be forced to seek a variance from the Park Agency.  Go to full article
Mary and Helen Eldrett at Downybrook. Photo: Joanna Richards.
Mary and Helen Eldrett at Downybrook. Photo: Joanna Richards.

New easement protects an Eden of grassland, rocks and water

The land just off eastern Lake Ontario near Watertown contains thousands of acres of fields and wetlands that are valuable habitat for birds and wildlife.

In the Jefferson County town of Brownsville, owners of a private wildlife preserve have signed an agreement ensuring their land will be forever protected. Ontario Bays Initiative announced the new conservation easement on the 182-acre property.

Joanna Richards visited the sanctuary and has this story.  Go to full article
The Spiegel house, June 6, 2011. Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
The Spiegel house, June 6, 2011. Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Lake Placid house demolition caught in continuing dispute

The Adirondack Park Agency is looking for closure 10 months after a judge ordered a half-built, 10,000-square foot mansion in Lake Placid demolished. The boarded-up structure, owned by Arthur and Margaret Spiegel, still stands.

Now the APA has filed a motion to find the Spiegels in contempt of court for failing to tear the building down but the Spiegels said they can't get the necessary demolition permits from the town.

As Chris Knight reports, this is just the latest chapter in what's been a six-year legal battle.  Go to full article

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