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New DEC Chief Plans More Open Space

Governor Pataki says acting Conservation Commissioner Denise Sheehan will lead the state's leading environmental agency until his term in office ends in 2007. Sheehan has been the acting DEC chief since February. As Brian Mann reports, she plans to help the state acquire at least eighty thousand more acres of conservation land.  Go to full article

APA: Spiegel's House Must Comply

The Adirondack Park Agency moved a step closer on Friday to forcing the removal of a controversial mansion in Lake Placid. Following the recommendation of APA staff, the agency board voted unanimously to suspend Arthur Spiegel's permit until environmental conditions are fully satisfied.  Go to full article

IP Still Committed to Conservation Deal

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

ATV Trail Would Link Four Counties

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

Riders Slam State ATV Plan

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

Walt Lender Takes Over At Lake George Association

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

Chester Town Plan Expands Adirondack Development Options, Worries
Environmental Groups

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

APA Tours Newcomb Tract

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

Planning In the Adirondack Park: Process Is Slow & Controversial

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

Sprawl Versus Farmland, Part 2

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

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