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Dozens of Park Units Await Plans
Dozens of Park Units Await Plans

Adk Park Planners Miss Gov Pataki's Deadline

State environmental officials have missed a 5-year deadline set by Governor Pataki for the creation of detailed management plans for the Adirondack Park. The plans are required by state law. And many locals say the management guidelines are needed to expand recreation and economic development in the Park. As Brian Mann reports, state officials say more plans are nearing completion.  Go to full article
FraudFrond.com collects camouflaged cell tower photos, such as this ersatz fir.
FraudFrond.com collects camouflaged cell tower photos, such as this ersatz fir.

Cell Tower "Frankenpine" an Eyesore, or a Clever Solution

Cell phones are taken for granted in most of the U.S. They're a part of everyday life. But in parts of the country where scenery is cherished, cell phone towers are often described as "visual pollution". Now, companies like Verizon and Nextel are disguising their antennas as pine or palm trees -- even the occasional cactus. As Brian Mann reports, a camouflaged tower proposed for the hills above Lake George is drawing mixed reviews.  Go to full article
CP Rail Tower In Whallonsburg
CP Rail Tower In Whallonsburg

CP Rail Drops APA Tower Suit, Council Claims DOT Funded Work

A Canadian corporation that sued the Adirondack Park Agency last month has withdrawn the suit. Canadian Pacific Rail still hopes to build a series of broadcast towers in the Champlain Valley. Negotiations with the APA continue. But as Brian Mann reports, a pro-environment group now claims the project is actually being funded with state grant money.  Go to full article

Vacation Homes Edge Out Locals, Not Just On Waterfront

Real estate experts say the rush to buy vacation property in the Adirondacks continues, with no end in sight. Seasonal residents already own the vast majority of waterfront land. The tight market now means more visitors are buying homes in villages and hamlets. The trend was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Adirondack Park Agency. As Brian Mann reports, some government leaders worry that locals are being pushed out of their own communities.  Go to full article

Canadian Pacific Suit Challenges APA Tower Limits

Two years ago, the Adirondack Park Agency established a new policy, designed to limit the visual impact of broadcast towers. Despite their convenience, many people see cell phone and microwave towers as eyesores. Now, the Park Agency's policy faces major challenges. Canadian Pacific Railway has sued the APA in Federal Court over a 4-tower project in the Champlain valley. And Saratoga County hopes to build three new towers on mountaintops in the southern Adirondacks. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Feuding Over A Famous Adirondack View

In the Adirondack Park, spectacular views are supposed to be protected and enhanced, according to state law. But the future of a scenic vista north of Saranac Lake has triggered controversy and a feud between state agencies. As Brian Mann reports, the state Department of Transportation plans a road project near Donnely's Corners that could ban public use of the overlook.  Go to full article
4-wheeler damage in Adirondacks
4-wheeler damage in Adirondacks

APA Closes 3 Roads to 4-wheelers, Broad Ban Likely

On Thursday, the Adirondack Park Agency banned all-terrain vehicles from three roads that cross the forest preserve in Lewis County. Under pressure from recent court decisions and from pro-environment groups, state officials say they'll review the legal status of dozens of roads roads now open to 4-wheelers in the western Adirondacks. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Rochester Attorney To Head APA

Governor Pataki has named a new interim chairman to lead the Adirondack Park Agency. Rochester attorney Jim Townsend will take over until a permanent chairman is found. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Park Agency Considers Wilmington Development

The Adirondack Park Agency meets today and is expected to approve a plan to build a new housing development in Wilmington. The 21-lot development - called Whiteface Meadows - drew concern Thursday about open space protection. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Float Planes Will Lose Access To Popular Adirondack Lake

The Adirondack Park Agency voted Friday to phase out the use of floatplanes on Lows Lake. The compromise is part of the "Bog River Unit Management Plan". As Brian Mann reports, the state has agreed to help tourism pilots find other lakes, where they can take their customers.  Go to full article

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