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The Boreas Ponds are one of the gems of the Adk Nature Conservancy deal (Source: ANC)
The Boreas Ponds are one of the gems of the Adk Nature Conservancy deal (Source: ANC)

In-depth: Finch deal protects Adk lands, shifts debate

The Nature Conservancy deal with Finch, Pruyn, announced last summer, has drawn criticism and accolades. Local government leaders have questioned its impacts on communities, while green groups in the region heralded the acquisition as one of the biggest environmental coups of the last half-century. The architect of the project is Mike Carr, executive director of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy. Carr lives in Keene Valley and has deep family roots in the North Country. Overnight, the Finch, Pruyn deal made him into one of the most influential men in the region. The decisions he makes over the next few months will resonate far beyond conservation, affecting a half-dozen Adirondack communities, as well as local economies. Some of the 161,000 acres will go into the forest preserve, but other pieces will continue in timber production or be sold for private development. Mike Carr sat down recently to talk at length about his expanding role with Brian Mann. This is the first part of their conversation.  Go to full article

After 27 years, Potsdam lumber mill shuts down

Potsdam Hardwoods has shut its doors. The lumber mill opened 27 years ago. But rising costs, and foreign competition, have forced the mill's Canadian owners to consolidate. Gregory Warner has more.  Go to full article
Outside the "Thirsty Otter," in Forestport.
Outside the "Thirsty Otter," in Forestport.

Forestport Poker Run: the outlaw spirit, for a good cause

In the 1890s the town of Forestport in the southern Adirondacks was a rowdy logging town. The joke was there were more saloons than people. And no saloon had more of a reputation than the Hotel Doyle. When the paper mills started to shut down, it was at the Hotel Doyle that the townspeople hatched a plan to sabotage one of the levees on the Black River Canal. Three times they succeeded, each time bringing repair crews - and economic life - back to the region. Today the Hotel Doyle still stands. It's a biker bar called Scooter's. Gregory Warner went there last month for a poker run - kind of like bar hopping for charity on motorcycles. But as he found out, the poker run is about more than beer and wheels. It's another example of Forestport refusing to fade away.  Go to full article

The Biofuel Economy, part 2: ethanol alternatives

Ethanol fuel is grain alcohol blended with regular gasoline. E10 is the most common blend, 10% ethanol, 90% gas. It runs in regular cars. About a third of the gas sold in America is E10. E85 is 85% ethanol and only runs in specially designed engines. Ethanol is big business for American corn farmers. But corn isn't the only crop you can make ethanol from. And it may not be the best, for the environment or for North Country farmers. New York State is taking steps towards a radically different kind of ethanol production. Gregory Warner reports.  Go to full article

Heard up North: Slab City, Sodom, and Swastika

We've been running a series about place names in the North Country. It started out by accident - a feature on Saint Lawrence led to more calls about local place names and their origins. Yesterday on All Before Five, host Gregory Warner and our own resident poet and historian Dale Hobson sat down to talk about a few place names you asked us to investigate. Starting with Slab City, a small area in West Potsdam. Gregory called Joretta Creighton, a 3rd generation Slab City resident who owns Bailey's Florists. She says the place got its name from the slab wood that was the refuse of the area's paper mills.  Go to full article
Adam LaSalle tossing a log. Photo by Pat Hendrick.
Adam LaSalle tossing a log. Photo by Pat Hendrick.

Paul Smiths Grad Goes on Pro Logger Circuit

Hundreds of North Country college students have graduated over the last few weeks. But Adam LaSalle is part of a small group of Paul Smiths graduates heading off this summer to work on the professional logging circuit. Rodeo-like competitions are held around the country. LaSalle, who grew up in Williamstown, New York, will start by working a big show in Ketchikan, Alaska. He spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Mild Weather Slowing Logging Operations

Mild winter weather is slowing down logging operations across the region. Many areas in the North Country can only be logged in the winter because they stay too wet and muddy in the summer.  Go to full article

Critics: Area Conservation Lands ?Hammered? By Logging

State officials are investigating claims of improper logging on timberlands in St. Lawrence County. The 19,000 acre parcel - which straddles the north branch of the Grasse River -- is protected by a state conservation deal. As Brian Mann reports, critics say problems with the project raise questions about bigger easement deals signed with International Paper and Champion.  Go to full article

Pulp Wood Prices Up 30 Percent

After two years of painfully low prices, loggers in the North Country are seeing a rebound this fall. According to an article in the Glens Falls Post Star, prices for pulp wood have risen thirty percent in recent months. Brian Mann spoke with Eric Johnson, editor of Northern Logger magazine, based in Old Forge.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Chris Ortloff and sawmill owner Pat Mitchell testify in Albany.  <br />Photo provided by Ortloff's office.
Assemblyman Chris Ortloff and sawmill owner Pat Mitchell testify in Albany.
Photo provided by Ortloff's office.

Sawmills ?Saved?: Rule Change Approved In Albany

State officials in Albany have agreed to allow the use of rough cut lumber in construction projects. Without the change to state building codes, made on Wednesday, hundreds of small sawmills in the North Country would have been forced to shut down. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

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