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North Country lawmakers propose sale of NY parks and recreation land

A pair of North Country Assemblymembers say one way to cut the state budget -- and generate new revenue -- would be to sell off dozens of campgrounds, golf courses, and marinas run by New York state. Those recreation facilities now face a backlog of repairs and improvements with a price tag of hundreds of millions of dollars. The lawmakers say some state-owned sites no longer serve a public service and are competing with private businesses. But state Parks officials say campgrounds and other facilities are a valuable asset and actually deserve more taxpayer investment. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

National parks not so pristine

Even our most remote national parks are polluted. That's according to a six-year government study of parks from the Arctic to the Mexican border. Rebecca Williams reports.  Go to full article

Bruno wants Saratoga spas renovated

The Leader of the State Senate and New York's Parks Commissioner have announced a major investment and renovation of the Saratoga Baths and the surrounding park, following revelations earlier this year that the mineral baths had been mixing in tap water and not telling customers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Environmentalists detail problems of state parks

An environmental group says New York's parks have become tired and worn out under the Pataki Administration, and are asking the newly elected Governor, Eliot Spitzer, to invest $300 million to fix them up. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Attracting Diversity to Regional Parks and Wilderness

Parks and wilderness areas in the North Country are still primarily white, a fact that has some observers worried. But there's a new effort underway to broaden the appeal of parks and wilderness areas beyond the white community. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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