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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"
by Chris Knight
Jul 22, 2005 — Despite plans for a dramatic company downsizing, International Paper says it is still committed to a landmark conservation easement deal with the state. Announced last year, the agreement would have the state pay $25 million to open 257,000 acres of IP land in the Adirondacks for public recreation. Go to full article
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May 25, 2005 — An ATV trail network is in the planning stages in St. Lawrence County. County lawmaker Alex MacKinnon made the announcement at last night's meeting in Colton. He said an ATV trail will run from the Jefferson and Lewis County borders across to Franklin County. Go to full article
Apr 27, 2005 — ATV riders gave state environment officials an earful at a public meeting in Canton last night. The DEC is getting input on its draft plan for regulating 4-wheeler use on state land. It virtually bans ATVs in the Adirondack Forest Preserve and restricts trails in other state forests. As David Sommerstein reports, riders say the state is excluding a growing sport. Go to full article
Mar 02, 2005 — The Lake George Association is the oldest shore-owners' group in the United States. For 120 years, the organization has been protecting water quality and pushing for sound development on Lake George. Two years ago, the LGA lost a fight with the state and other pro-environment groups. The lake association wanted to use the chemical herbicide "Sonar" to battle an invasive water plant called Eurasian watermilfoil. Brian Mann spoke with Walt Lender, who takes over next week as head of the LGA. Lender says the organization will continue to push for smart development around Lake George -- and for use the of chemicals to fight invasive species. Go to full article
Feb 21, 2005 — Earlier this month, the Adirondack Park Agency approved a land-use plan for the town of Chester, in Warren County. APA officials describe the document as a model for local governments operating inside the Park. But pro-environment groups worry that the plan will allow new types of development in forested areas. Brian Mann reports. Go to full article
by Chris Knight
Oct 10, 2003 — APA staff and commissioners get a first hand look at an 11,000 acre parcel in Newcomb preserved by a deal with the Open Space Institute this year. The future of the tract's timberlands, historic district and wilderness are all on the agency's near-term agenda. Chris Knight went along on Wednesday's tour. Go to full article
Apr 01, 2002 — 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
by Julie Grant
Jul 26, 2001 — Room for development and farming? In Part 2 of a two part series, the Great Lakes Radio Consortium looks at urban sprawl and farmland. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Julie Grant looks at a program that doesn't cost taxpayers money. Go to full article
Feb 12, 2001 — One of the great myths of the Adirondack Park is that state zoning laws restrict or at least shape most development on private land. In fact, much of the real estate boom of the last decade has taken place on shorelines. Thousands of homes have been built in lakefront areas that are largely exempt from Park Agency control. As Brian Mann reports, critics of the zoning plan say the result has been a disaster for lakes and ponds. Go to full article
Jan 26, 2001 — 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