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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
We think that's a very important precedent...

State court decision could lead to new restrictions on Adirondack lakes, rivers

A state Supreme Court judge has sided with environmental groups in a ruling that could lead to new restrictions on the kind of recreation allowed on Adirondack lakes and rivers. The decision this week found that the water and bed of Lows Lake in the central Adirondacks should be treated as an official wilderness area.

The ruling overturns a 2009 decision by the Adirondack Park Agency that left the lake unclassified. As Brian Mann reports, this legal precedent could force the APA to begin classifying dozens of lakes and rivers across the Park.  Go to full article
South Branch Camp (Photo:  Phil Royce)
South Branch Camp (Photo: Phil Royce)

APA: hunting camps can stay

The Adirondack Park Agency voted on Friday to allow 220 traditional hunting clubs to keep their cabins on the former Champion timber lands in the northern and western Adirondacks.

That reverses a decade-old decision struck by state officials that would have evicted the clubs, some of them dating back generations.

As Brian Mann reports, the fate of the clubs has been a flashpoint in the Park for years.  Go to full article
Some overzealous patrols have had an effect on the local economy

Snowmobilers say they're being harassed by law enforcement

A coalition of leaders from the North Country's snowmobile tourism industry is complaining that law enforcement officials are harassing sledders.

They say sticker inspections and multiple trail stops are discouraging visitors from visiting the area.

But as Brian Mann reports, these concerns come as law enforcement agencies are grappling with a growing number of snowmobile injuries and deaths.  Go to full article
For the disabled, the only way they have in there is by seaplane. They took that right away...

Lawsuit challenges access to Adirondack wilderness for people with disabilities

The state of New York plans to ask a Federal judge to throw out a lawsuit which claims that environmental laws and regulations in the Adirondack Park violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The lawsuit, filed last summer, challenges rules that ban floatplane and motorized access to wilderness areas inside the Blue Line.

But as the plaintiffs look to expand their suit to target more conservation laws, the Attorney General is preparing to ask that the case be dismissed. Chris Morris has details.  Go to full article
Section of the proposed new snowmobile  <br />trail system in the Adirondacks
Section of the proposed new snowmobile
trail system in the Adirondacks

NY finalizes Adirondack snowmobile plan, first project set for Hamilton County

Later this morning, the Adirondack Park Agency is expected to approve a plan creating the first major piece of a new regional snowmobile trail.

The project in Hamilton County includes construction of a new 12-mile hub trail that would link the towns of Piseco and Speculator.

State officials say this project in the Jessup River area will be a model for a much larger snowmobile trail system now in development across the Park.

But critics on all sides say they're not sure this plan is workable or affordable. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Floatplane flights continue to Lowes Lake as wilderness expands

Floatplane flights will continue to Lowes Lake in the central Adirondacks for another three years. A plan approved yesterday by the Adirondack Park Agency allows 35 commercial tourism flights a month, most of them departing from Long Lake and Inlet. As part of the compromise, state officials have also agreed to expand wilderness protections around the lake. Brian Mann reports.  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

DEC pushes floatplane use on Lowes Lake

State officials have reopened the debate over the future of Lowes Lake in the central Adirondacks. The Department of Environmental Conservation says float planes should be allowed to use the lake for another four years. Some green groups say that would violate state law, which calls for Lowes Lake to be managed as a wilderness area. Brian Mann has this update.  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.

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