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View from the bluffs above Lows Lake. Source: NYSDEC
View from the bluffs above Lows Lake. Source: NYSDEC

Green groups win Lows Lake legal fight, Park precedent unclear

New York state officials have decided to drop their appeal of a lawsuit filed by environmental groups over the management of Lows Lake, a popular paddling destination in the Adirondack Park. The Adirondack Mountain Club and Protect the Adirondacks have fought for years to have the lake itself, including the water and lake bed, classified as wilderness.

Earlier this month, the Adirondack Park Agency and the Department of Environmental Conservation decided to accept that designation. As Brian Mann reports, it's unclear how this legal victory for environmentalists will affect other lakes and rivers in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article
Low's Lake from Grass Pond Mountain, looking southwest. Source: Wikipedia
Low's Lake from Grass Pond Mountain, looking southwest. Source: Wikipedia

Legislators Urge APA to designate Lows Lake as wilderness

St. Lawrence County legislators are urging the Adirondack Park Agency to fight a recent court decision that designates the water and bed of Lows Lake as wilderness. That's according to the Watertown Daily Times.  Go to full article

APA Board Rejects Lows Lake Waters Classification

The Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners rejected a plan on Friday that would have classified the lakebed of Lows Lake as wilderness. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Lows Lake floatplane plan called illegal, unsafe, unworkable

State officials hope to win approval next month for a plan that would allow floatplane flights to continue to a remote Adirondack lake for another four years. The battle over access to Lows Lake has been going on for more than a decade. The Department of Environmental Conservation says their new proposal is a fair compromise. But at a public meeting yesterday in Ray Brook, green groups described the plan as illegal and floatplane pilots called it unworkable. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

APA hears more on Lows Lake float plane access plan

The controversial issue of float plane access to Lows Lake was back on the Adirondack Park Agency's agenda last Thursday. Chris Knight attended the meeting and filed this report.  Go to full article

Adirondack group wants to bridge divides in Park

We heard yesterday about the debate over floatplanes in the Adirondack Park. Disagreement over tourist flights to Lows Lake has triggered a new round of finger-pointing and accusations. A group called the Adirondacks' Common Ground Alliance is hoping to ease some of the tensions inside the blue line. The Alliance has been trying to identify issues that all sides can agree on, including green groups, local leaders, and state officials. Jacob Resneck attended a meeting this week at Paul Smiths and has our story.  Go to full article

Floatplane debate suggests deeper rifts remain in Adirondacks

Local government leaders, environmentalists, and state officials have pushed hard in recent years to improve relations in the Adirondack Park. Tomorrow, we'll hear about a group searching for "common ground" issues that Park activists agree on. But the heated debate over floatplane flights to Lows Lake has rekindled some old animosities. Last week, the Adirondack Park Agency rejected a plan to extend the tourist flights for another decade. As Brian Mann reports, the decision brought an angry response from local officials and some APA board members.  Go to full article

Park Agency rejects plan for continued floatplane traffic on Lows Lake

On Friday, the Adirondack Park Agency rejected a plan that would have allowed floatplanes to continue landing on Lows Lake for another ten years. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Breaking: APA rejects continued floatplane use on Lows Lake

On a narrow 6-5 vote, the Adirondack Park Agency has rejected a plan put forward by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to continue floatplane traffic on Lows Lake for another decade. The proposal failed thanks in large part to the votes of two board members representing other state agencies: the Department of State and the Department of Economic Development.

The debate was occasionally heated. Angry critics in local government blasted the APA for an "embarrassing" process. APA chairman Curt Stiles rejected that description and said he welcomed a new floatplane proposal from the DEC. The decision hinged on an interpretation of the State Land Master Plan, which calls for a phase out of motorized recreation on Lows Lake.

Join NCPR for All Before Five today and again during The Eight O'Clock Hour on Monday for more on this story.  Go to full article
Helms flying service (Photo:  Used by permission from Tom Helms)
Helms flying service (Photo: Used by permission from Tom Helms)

APA poised to reject continued float plane traffic on Lows Lake

The Adirondack Park Agency is expected to reject a plan put forward by state officials that would extend the use of floatplanes on Lows Lake. Motorized access to the remote mountain lake has been controversial for years. The APA board will take a final vote today. As Brian Mann reports, the fierce debate has divided state agencies and sparked disagreements among pro-environment groups.  Go to full article

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