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The Washington County home of Asa Fitch Jr., an entomologist in the 1800s, has been proposed for listing on the historic register.  Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fitch_Asa_1809-1879.jpg">unknown</a>, public domain
The Washington County home of Asa Fitch Jr., an entomologist in the 1800s, has been proposed for listing on the historic register. Photo: unknown, public domain

Five North Country properties proposed for historic recognition

A state board is recommending that 21 new properties across New York be added to the register of state and national historic places.

The designation is designed to help preserve historic sites, many of them held in private hands, through tax credits. Five of the proposed landmarks are here in the North Country.  Go to full article

NY DEC proposes 10-year bear management plan

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State wildlife officials have drafted an updated black bear management plan to cover the next decade.

The plan is posted on the Department of Environmental Conservation's website and the agency is accepting public comments until Feb. 21.  Go to full article
Some of the members of the Save our School committee on the front steps of the restored schoolhouse in Star Lake. Photo: Todd Moe
Some of the members of the Save our School committee on the front steps of the restored schoolhouse in Star Lake. Photo: Todd Moe

A new assignment for an old schoolhouse

The old public school building in Star Lake has a new mission as an exhibit center and tourist attraction. And the grassroots effort to restore the 1890s structure will be honored by Adirondack Architectural Heritage at a ceremony in Lake George next week. It's one of six North Country sites that will receive 2012 Stewardship awards for preservation efforts.

For more than six years, a group of Clifton-Fine area residents has worked to restore the old school. They see it as a cornerstone for tourism, economic development and local pride.  Go to full article
An oyster catcher being tagged on Cape Cod. Photo: Shiloh Schulte.
An oyster catcher being tagged on Cape Cod. Photo: Shiloh Schulte.

Gulf oil spill threatens migrating northern shorebirds

Shorebirds who spend their summers along the coasts of Maine, Massachusetts and New York are safe, for now, from the effects of the massive BP oil spill that's fouling the waters and coastline of the Gulf of Mexico. But many of them will soon migrate south for the winter, many right to areas in the path of the spreading oil. Northeast biologists are trying to get a head start on tracking their progress. They're especially concerned about protected birds like the oyster catcher. Maine Public Radio's Susan Sharon reports.  Go to full article

Follensby Pond: context and reaction

A deal for the Follensby Pond acquisition has been sought by environmental groups, paddlers and hikers for a long time. Martha Foley talked with Phil Brown, editor of the Adirondack Explorer magazine, about the significance of the purchase, and local reaction. He said local concerns focus on property tax revenue (which could increase) and public access.  Go to full article
Thousand Islands author, historian and architect Paul Malo at Carleton Villa on Carleton Island. Photo: Ian Coristine
Thousand Islands author, historian and architect Paul Malo at Carleton Villa on Carleton Island. Photo: Ian Coristine

Remembering Paul Malo's passion for preservation

The North Country lost one of its most influential voices for history and preservation this summer. Paul Malo, architect, author and advocate for all things historic and special in the Thousand Islands and the Adirondacks passed away last month in Granby, New York. He was 78. For many years, Malo discovered and documented some of the hidden treasures in the region, from Thousand Island Park on Wellesley Island to Sagamore, an Adirondack great camp. Todd Moe has this remembrance.  Go to full article

State deems Wawbeek "historic"

The New York State Parks Office has deemed key buildings at the former Wawbeek resort on Upper Saranac lake "historically significant." That could make it harder for the new owners to get permission to tear them down to make room for a new house. Jacob Resneck reports.  Go to full article

Need for Lakes Restoration is Urgent, Joint Commission Reports

US responds to report saying a new sense of urgency is needed to restore and protect the Great Lakes. The report was issued by bi-national commission overseeing US and Canadian cooperation on lakes issues. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Saving New York's Historic Barns

Some of New York's oldest barns are getting facelifts this summer. The first round of grants under the two-million dollar State Barns Restoration and Preservation Program were handed out in June. Todd Moe visited a Canton family's 1820 English threshing barn slated for restoration.  Go to full article

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