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UPDATE: No environmental activist has suggested that a wilderness or Adirondack land parcel be named after themselves personally. The text below has been corrected to clarify this point. This week, a group called Adirondack Wild unveiled a...
Over the years, no one has been a more resolute watchdog of state management of the Adirondack Park than the Glens Falls Post Star. The newspaper’s editorial page has often cast a skeptical eye on the relationship between key decisions inside...
The last forty-eight hours have seen a series of strong statements, pro and con, for the 69,000 acre land deal signed Sunday by Governor Andrew Cuomo. One of the most interesting conversations is happening within local government. At least three...
Over the last century and a half, the Adirondack Park has seen a lot of outsized figures shaping its future, everyone from Teddy Roosevelt to Senator Ron Stafford. But with the Park’s modern structure — the zoning map, the private land...
In a ceremony Sunday afternoon in Lake Placid, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a contract committing New York state to the purchase of roughly 69,000 acres of Adirondack timberland over the next five years. The deal was described as the largest single...
News stories tagged with "land-use"
May 26, 2008 — A plan to expand Franklin County's landfill by 630 acres has drawn concern from neighbors from both sides of the northern border. The landfill, about one mile from the international boundary near Malone, has been controversial since it opened in 1994. It's one of 27 regional landfills in the state built to accept waste from the thousands of dumps closed across the state in past decades. A meeting in Malone last week drew about 50 people - nearly all of them opposed to the landfill expansion. Jacob Resneck was there. Go to full article
May 22, 2008 — Closed-door mediation between developers of the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort, local government officials, neighbors and environmental groups is set to continue next week in Tupper Lake. The resort project is the largest ever considered by the Adirondack Park Agency. It would reopen the Big Tupper Ski Area and construct hundreds of luxury homes on Mount Morris. Parties met for two days last month. But so far no one has spoken publicly about what, if any, progress was made. That secrecy is raising questions and keeping at least one group out of the talks. Jacob Resneck reports. Go to full article
Apr 29, 2008 — An Essex County judge has thrown out a lawsuit challenging the planned Lake Placid branch of the Adirondack Museum. Martha Foley has more. Go to full article
Mar 14, 2008 — The Adirondack Park Agency's state lands committee failed to reach a consensus Thursday over whether to institute a cap on snowmobile trails on public lands in the park. After more than an hour of discussion, the committee moved to forward the matter without comment to the full board of commissioners for review today. Jacob Resneck reports. Go to full article
Feb 26, 2008 — The Residents' Committee to Protect the Adirondacks is moving to Saranac Lake from its longtime base in North Creek. After its longtime executive director, Peter Bauer, left last September to lead the Fund for Lake George, the RCPA hired a new executive director and plans to hire a conservation director soon. Jacob Resneck has details. Go to full article
by Chris Knight
Jan 15, 2008 — The Adirondack Park Agency is stepping up its enforcement efforts against a backlog of illegal subdivisions in the park. The agency's enforcement attorneys, Paul Van Cott and Sarah Reynolds, outlined the "Proactive Subdivision Enforcement Initiative" to agency commissioners and board members last week. Chris Knight reports. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Jan 09, 2008 — State environment officials are backing away from a plan to boost the number and length of snowmobile trail miles in the Adirondacks. DEC commissioner Pete Grannis had called for scrapping a hard cap on snowmobile trail miles in the Park established a quarter century ago.
Brian Mann has details. Go to full article
Brian Mann has details. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Jan 01, 2008 — We first reported yesterday that state Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward from Willsboro is proposing that new state land purchases in the Adirondacks and the Catskills be suspended. Sayward says a court battle over property tax payments, known as the Dillenburg case, should be settled before any more land is added to the forest preserve. A judge ruled late last year that the state's system for paying taxes on public land is arbitrary and unfair and should be scrapped. The loss of those revenues would destroy local governments in the Adirondacks. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has appealed the Dillenburg ruling. But in a public letter, Sayward urged Governor Spitzer and DEC Commissioner Peter Grannis to "place a moratorium on any further land purchases...until the issue is resolved in the courts." Sayward's proposal comes at a time when the Adirondack Nature Conservancy is hoping that the state will purchase big chunks of land and conservation easements on the former Finch, Pruyn lands. Mike Carr is the Nature Conservancy's executive director. The Nature Conservancy borrowed more than $100 million to finance the Finch, Pruyn deal, which covers roughly 161,000 acres in the Adirondacks. In an interview with Brian Mann, held before Assemblywoman Sayward proposed the moratorium, Carr said parts of the property could be sold to the state as early as next spring. But Carr acknowledged that the Dillenburg case had raised new questions. Go to full article