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The Hudson as a classroom

Two Lake Placid students are taking their senior project to a historic waterway this month. Ian McMullen and Nick Kulina will paddle kayaks down the Hudson River from the Adirondacks to Manhattan. They've done their homework. Planning began last fall for the two-week trek. It's a personal challenge and a way to promote kayaking. Ian McMullen told Todd Moe he'd like to inspire more teens to enjoy outdoor recreation.  Go to full article

Newcomb looks to foreign students to boost school numbers

School officials in a small town in the Adirondacks are pushing for a change in federal law that could help to stem the tide of declining student enrollment. The Newcomb Central School district, with an enrollment of about 70 students, wants to bring in international students for longer periods of time than the current one year allowed under federal law. The district is asking the New York State School Boards Association to support a change in federal law that would give public schools the same right to international students as private schools. As Chris Knight reports, several school districts in the North Country are backing the proposal.  Go to full article
Great horned owl.
Great horned owl.

Heard Up North: Birds of prey descend on Newcomb VIC

Last weekend, Adirondack birds of prey came out to see the public - and vice versa - at the Visitors Interpretive Center in Newcomb. Environmental educator Rynda McCray is the center's director. For this Heard Up North, she explains why she's holding an enormous owl on her left hand.  Go to full article

Adirondack-based school will study northern forests

Plans for an Adirondack-based leadership and training institute focused on the northern forest were announced Tuesday by state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis. The Northern Forest Institute for Conservation, Education and Leadership Training will be located in Newcomb and run by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Saving a school to save a remote town in the Adirondacks

Schools have been closing and consolidating across the North Country for decades. Declining birth rates and shrinking class sizes threaten schools in nearly every district. When schools close, communities often lose their youngest generation as families move to other districts. This can be a tipping point for the home town. But as Jonathan Brown reports, a tiny Adirondack village has a plan that could reverse this slide.  Go to full article

State adds Tahawus tract to forest preserve

Less than a week after the state unveiled a plan to add more than fifty thousand acres of the former Finch, Pruyn land to the Adirondack forest preserve, the Spitzer administration has unveiled the purchase of another big chunk of land. State officials say New York has acquired nearly 7000 acres of land around Tahawus, in the Essex County town of Newcomb. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Newcomb faces BBQ suit

An Essex County town and its fire department are facing a lawsuit that claims they illegally sold alcohol at a town barbeque last year to a man who later drove drunk and caused an accident that injured two people. At least one town official, however, says the allegations are without merit. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
Researcher Heather Root goes to work (Source: H. Root)
Researcher Heather Root goes to work (Source: H. Root)

Researcher Finds New Mite Species in Adks

A researcher from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has discovered a brand new species living in the Adirondacks. Heather Root, who grew up in Essex, Vermont, found at least one new type of tiny tree mite in the maple tree canopy at the Huntington Wildlife Forest near Newcomb. Root presented her discovery last month at the Ninth Annual Northeast Natural History Conference in Albany. Root did her research while dangling in a harness high above the ground. She told Brian Mann that she also found rare forms of lichen, not seen in the Adirondacks for decades.  Go to full article
Zack Lake near Newcomb (Source:  Adirondack Nature Conservancy)
Zack Lake near Newcomb (Source: Adirondack Nature Conservancy)

Nature Conservancy Sells Newcomb Land to Private Club

In a rare twist, a pro-environment group is selling a big chunk of Adirondack Land back into the private sector, for $2.5 million. The Adirondack Nature Conservancy announced yesterday that they'll sell more than 600 acres of land in Newcomb to the Tahawus hunting and fishing club. The property includes a remote mountain valley and 115-acre Zack Lake. The valley is surrounded by forest land owned by the Finch Pruyn timber company, based in Glens Falls. The land won't be opened to the public, but it will remain on the local tax rolls. The forest and the lake will also be protected by a permanent conservation easement. The Zack Lake property is so remote that it wasn't surveyed until 1899. It was first owned by great camp developer William West Durant. Nature Conservancy director Mike Carr told Brian Mann that several factors convinced his organization to put the property on the open market.  Go to full article
Plattsburgh Paper Focuses Attention on Race In Schools (Source:  Press-Republican)
Plattsburgh Paper Focuses Attention on Race In Schools (Source: Press-Republican)

Exploring the "Color Bind" in North Country Schools

Like many rural regions across the U.S., the north country has far fewer African Americans and Hispanics than the national average. This week the Plattsburgh Press Republican is examining the issue of race as it affects our schools. The paper's reporters found that many of the region's kids have little opportunity to interact with racial minorities. The lack of experience may leave some children unprepared for the complex diversity that defines American life. Brian Mann spoke with reporter Ned Rauch.  Go to full article

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