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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
Colton town supervisor Henry "Hank" Ford displays the new group's logo
Colton town supervisor Henry "Hank" Ford displays the new group's logo

New Property, Recreation Rights Group Forms

Hunters, snowmobilers, ATV riders, and property rights activists in St. Lawrence County are forming a new advocacy group they say will give them a stronger voice in Albany. The move comes as a timber company is poised to sell thousands of acres of land in the southeast corner of the county. David Sommerstein reports on last night's inaugural meeting in Colton.  Go to full article

Snowmobiles and Kids: Last of a 3 Part Series

Snowmobiles are a growing part of the north country's culture--a source of winter fun for locals and a powerful draw for tourists. But this season has seen a painful number of serious accidents and deaths. More than 20 snowmobilers have died in New York--another 26 in Ottawa and Quebec. And four more in Vermont. High speed and alcohol are two main culprits. But in this final part of our series on snowmobile safety, Brian Mann reports that children may be the most at risk.
Part 1 of series, Part 2 of series.  Go to full article
Selling speed?
Selling speed?

Snowmobiles & Reckless Speed: Part 1 of a 3 Part Series

This winter, more than twenty people have died in New York while riding snowmobiles. The sport is wildly popular. Towns like Old Forge and Speculator see snowmobile tourism as an economic lifeline. But a growing number of critics say the toll of deaths and serious injuries will continue to climb, unless the sport reforms its culture. In this first of a three-part series, Brian Mann looks at the snowmobile industry's deadly addiction to power and high speed.  Go to full article

Man Killed In Snowmobile Accident in Adirondacks

A western New York man was killed when his snowmobile crashed into a utility pole in the Adirondacks. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Snowmobile Accident Kills Cadyville Woman

This weekend brought another snowmobile death in the north country. A 28-year-old woman from Cadyville died Saturday night after being thrown from a sled. As Brian Mann reports, one of the drivers involved in the accident has been charged with driving while intoxicated.  Go to full article

Snowmobile Trails Still Closed as Insurance Problems Continue

State officials continue to talk with insurance companies about protecting landowners and snowmobile clubs from liability for accidents on private trails. Clubs closed thousands of miles of trails across the state last week due to inadequate insurance. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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