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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

State reopens two roads for ATV riders in Jefferson, Oswego Counties

New York state is reopening two roads for all-terrain vehicle traffic, including a route in Jefferson County. The move will help re-establish a popular 4-wheeler trail system. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Harley crash north of Westport kills two, injures one

A motorcycle crash on Saturday left two people dead on a remote highway north of Westport, in the Champlain Valley. The accident involved a pack of fifteen motorcycles that were touring the North Country. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Adirondacks motorized recreation debate focuses on float planes and Lows Lake

State officials have revived a controversial debate over the use of float planes on a remote Adirondack lake. The Department of Environmental Conservation says pilots carrying tourists and fishermen should have access to Lows Lake for another ten years. But many paddlers have complained about the flights and a coalition of green groups says the new plan violates state law. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Motorcycle touring brings big business, accidents to North Country

This time of year, Americans like to take to the open road. Car tourism is big business in the North Country. But with gas prices hovering around $4.50 a gallon, the summer driving vacation has begun to look less like a tradition and more like a luxury. A growing number of tourists are parking the RV and turning instead to more energy-efficient motorcycles. As Brian Mann reports, the popularity of touring bikes has brought a surge in accidents.  Go to full article
APA chairman Curt Stiles. APA photo
APA chairman Curt Stiles. APA photo

Adk snowmobile trail limit set at 848 miles

The Adirondack Park Agency has set a new limit on snowmobile trails that will affect "wild forest" land in the Park. The 848-mile ceiling, approved on Friday, drew fierce criticism from snowmobile riders. The reaction among pro-environment groups was more mixed, with some arguing that the limit leaves too much wiggle room. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
APA Chairman Curt Stiles (PHOTO: APA)
APA Chairman Curt Stiles (PHOTO: APA)

APA plans to adopt mileage cap for snowmobile trails

For Adirondack communities that rely on snowmobile tourism, next week's Park Agency meeting could play a big role in shaping their future. The APA is considering a proposal to formally adopt a limit on snowmobile trail miles, set at 848 miles. The cap would allow state officials to add roughly another 80 miles of trails on all state forest preserve land. But after that, any new trails would have to be offset by cuts in other parts of the park. The cap would affect any new forest preserve acquisitions, but wouldn't restrict trail miles on private land covered by conservation easements. Snowmobile clubs fiercely oppose the fixed limit. And some pro-environment groups say the cap still allows too much motorized recreation in the Park. The APA received more than fifty letters from snowmobilers opposing the mileage cap. The issue is on the APA agenda for March 13 meeting in Ray Brook. Brian Mann sat down to talk about the debate with Curt Stiles, who chairs the APA board. Stiles says next week's decision will clear up a muddle that has existed for more than thirty years.  Go to full article

ATVs, Freedom & Controversy: A Talk With Judy Wendt

In the North Country, the debate over motorized recreation - ATVs, snowmobiles, motorboats and jetskis - has hardened. The issue marks a bitter dividing line between environmentalists and riders who want more access to wild lands. ATV use has grown dramatically, but this spring state officials unveiled a draft plan that would effectively ban the machines on New York's forest preserve. 4-wheel clubs and local government groups are fighting back. They're better-organized and more vocal than ever before. At heated public hearings held by the Adirondack Park Agency and the Department of Environmental Conservation, ATV and snowmobile fans far outnumbered their opponents. One of the leaders of the motor sport movement is Judy Wendt. Wendt grew up in Star Lake and lives now south of Potsdam. She represents the Adirondack Citizens Council, the Black River-St. Lawrence Resource Conservation and Development Council and the New York State Off Road Vehicle Association. Wendt sat down with Brian Mann to talk about the future of motorized recreation and the cultural divide that's formed over the machines.  Go to full article

ATV Riders Angry At Trails Policy, Governor

ATV activists lobbied state officials last night in Tupper Lake. 4-wheel riders want more trails and access to state land. As Brian Mann reports, many locals are angry at Republican Governor George Pataki.  Go to full article

Jackrabbit Ski Trail Ruling Could Open Route to Snowmobiles

A judge in Essex county says a popular ski trail between Lake Placid and Keene is still a town road. The ruling, issued late last week, was a victory for snowmobile enthusiasts who hope to share the Jackrabbit trail. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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