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A Tiny College In A Big Wilderness: A Profile of the Wanakena Ranger School

This time of year, thousands of college students in the north country are graduating and preparing to move on. Most have had unique experiences, but few can match the year spent by students at the Ranger school in Wanakena. Brian Mann visited the remote campus, on the shore of Cranberry Lake in the western Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Fire Crews Battle Dozens of Blazes

In the last week, volunteer fire crews and state forest rangers have battled more than two dozen blazes across the north country. This spring's unseasonably dry, hot weather is expected to continue and officials worry that more fires are coming. As Brian Mann reports, trees damaged by the ice storm of 1998 are adding fuel to these fires.  Go to full article

Writer Chronicles Adirondack Fire Towers

Brian Mann talks with Marty Podskoch, a historian who's working on a book about fire towers in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Firefighters Contain Lake Placid Blaze

Forest rangers and volunteer departments contain a forest fire in Lake Placid yesterday afternoon. Brian Mann reports  Go to full article

Lake Colden Cabin: A Vital Tool for Search-and-Rescues

When state officials announced that a new cabin was being built on Lake Colden, in the High Peaks, the decision was controversial. That part of the Adirondacks is a designated "wilderness area". By law, that means human structures should be kept to a minimum. Supporters of the new cabin argued that it would be a vital tool for rangers and ski patrols who work in the back country. That claim was born out this winter. The Lake Colden outpost was used as a base of operations in two successful searches. Brian Mann visited Lake Colden in the fall, as construction was winding down. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Lost Hikers Describe Struggle to Survive Blizzard

Yesterday, a state police helicopter flew two Canadian hikers to a hospital in Saranac Lake. The men were lost in the High Peaks for four days. They faced a fierce winter storm and sub-zero temperatures. As Brian Mann reports, there were times when the hikers thought they wouldn't survive.  Go to full article

Search Ends: Canadian Hikers Found

Two Canadians missing on Mt. Marcy were found last night. 19-year-old Phillip Mousseau and 20-year-old Jean Richer turned up at the state's High Peaks outpost near Lake Colden. The men apparently followed a trail through deep snow that had been cleared by state forest rangers. The trail led them to the ranger's cabin at 7:30 in the evening--after four days lost in the mountains. Despite a two-day blizzard that shut down the North Country, the pair are described as in good condition. Both were hungry and dehydrated, with mild hypothermia, but there were no signs of frostbite or other injuries. The men spent last night at Lake Colden. At this hour (8 am) a helicopter is en route to fly them out of the mountains. Brian Mann visited the search headquarters late yesterday afternoon. He sends this report.  Go to full article

Avalanche Awareness

Last year, the region was shocked by an avalanche that killed a skier in the Adirondack back country. It was a wakeup call—for skiers and the Department of Environmental Conservation's rangers. This year, rangers are hoping an education program and heightened awareness of the potential for dangerous avalanches will keep the public safe. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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