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DEC Staff Shortages Have Impact on Adirondacks

Gregory Warner spoke with Environmental Advocates of New York, the watchdog agency which released a report on DEC staff shortages. He asked Tim Sweeney whether the shortages at the DEC might have an impact in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

ATVs, Freedom & Controversy: A Talk With Judy Wendt

In the North Country, the debate over motorized recreation - ATVs, snowmobiles, motorboats and jetskis - has hardened. The issue marks a bitter dividing line between environmentalists and riders who want more access to wild lands. ATV use has grown dramatically, but this spring state officials unveiled a draft plan that would effectively ban the machines on New York's forest preserve. 4-wheel clubs and local government groups are fighting back. They're better-organized and more vocal than ever before. At heated public hearings held by the Adirondack Park Agency and the Department of Environmental Conservation, ATV and snowmobile fans far outnumbered their opponents. One of the leaders of the motor sport movement is Judy Wendt. Wendt grew up in Star Lake and lives now south of Potsdam. She represents the Adirondack Citizens Council, the Black River-St. Lawrence Resource Conservation and Development Council and the New York State Off Road Vehicle Association. Wendt sat down with Brian Mann to talk about the future of motorized recreation and the cultural divide that's formed over the machines.  Go to full article

Speed Limits for Snowmobiles Proposed

Assemblyman Joseph Morelle from Rochester has proposed a snowmobile speed limit for New York. Police support the idea but think it might be tough to enforce. Greg Warner reports.  Go to full article
Preserved Domtar Lands<br />(Source: Adk Nature Conservancy)
Preserved Domtar Lands
(Source: Adk Nature Conservancy)

Adk Lands Preserved in Massive $23 Million Conservation Deal

Environmentalists and state officials have unveiled the third largest land conservation deal in New York's history. More than a hundred thousand acres of Adirondack timberland, owned by Domtar, will be protected from development in Clinton and Franklin counties. The 23-million dollar deal was brokered by the Adirondack Nature Conservancy. As Brian Mann reports, the Domtar lands have topped environmental groups' wish lists for more than a decade.  Go to full article

Sled Trail Raises Enforcement Concerns

Snowmobilers and local leaders praised Wednesday's announcement of $250,000 in state funding for a new snowmobile trail in the Five Ponds Wilderness Area. The Alice Brook trail will connect networks in St. Lawrence County and the Tug Hill Plateau. As David Sommerstein reports, environmentalists are most worried about what happens off the trail.  Go to full article

NY Constitution Could Limit Snowmobile Route Width

State officials say New York's constitution could block development of some new snowmobile connector trails in the Adirondacks. The trails are part of a proposed new system, designed to boost the region's appeal as a tourism destination. As Brian Mann reports, the constitution's limit on tree cutting in the Park could block snowmobile routes to some communities.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Slam Snowmobile Plan

Conservation groups are condemning a new snowmobile plan proposed for the Adirondack Park. At a hearing last night in Albany, environmentalists argued that the proposed corridor system would mean construction of new 12-foot-wide roads in the Park -- a violation the "forever wild" provision of the state constitution.
As Brian Mann reports, snowmobile advocates say this opposition from "green" groups reflects a growing bias against motorized recreation.  Go to full article

Controversial Article Ignites Snowmobile Politics

Last month, a former official with New York's conservation department outraged many snowmobile riders when he joked about killing people who drive their sleds on trails in the Adirondacks. The comments were published in the Adirondack Explorer newspaper. Now, snowmobile activists say they'll use the controversy to pressure officials in Albany. As Brian Mann reports, the sport's advocates want longer and wider trails.  Go to full article

Malone: Snowmobile Death Case Settled

A Malone man who accidentally killed a woman with his snowmobile last winter has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide. Nicholas White, 24, is expected to serve five years probation. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Wilmington Wild Forest Plan Released

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has released a draft plan for managing 14,000 acres of Adirondack forest in Essex and Clinton Counties. The public will be allowed to comment at a meeting tomorrow. Those who've already seen the plan have mixed reviews. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

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