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SUNY Plaza, Albany
SUNY Plaza, Albany

New grant monies a challenge for SUNY

Governor Andrew Cuomo is leaning on New York's network of public colleges to play a bigger role in economic growth and he's proposing to provide the resources to do so.

But there could stiff competition for those funds, as the Innovation Trail's Ryan Delaney reports.  Go to full article
Butanol produced from wood is an alternative to corn-based ethanol. Photo: SUNY-ESF
Butanol produced from wood is an alternative to corn-based ethanol. Photo: SUNY-ESF

Wood-based biofuel coming to a car near you

As summer driving season gets underway, researchers at SUNY's College of Environmental Science and Forestry continue work on a greener alternative to power your car. Emma Jacobs took a bio-fueled test drive for the Innovation Trail.  Go to full article
Nicholas and Peter on Schuyler Island (Photo: Brian Mann)
Nicholas and Peter on Schuyler Island (Photo: Brian Mann)

Freedom in the woods and fields is more than just fun for kids

Not so long ago, most kids spent as much of their summer vacations outdoors as they could. Fair weather and free time allowed an escape after months indoors at school.

But researchers as well as parents are seeing children spend more and more of their escape time in front of computers and televisions. And they're worried about the consequences.

As Brian Mann reports, there's growing evidence that a summer spent in the fields and woods isn't just fun, it's important, too.  Go to full article

Newcomb VIC to remain open

One of two visitor centers in the Adirondacks that Gov. David Paterson had targeted for closure earlier this year will remain open, under new ownership. The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has reached an agreement with the Adirondack Park Agency to take over the agency's Visitor Interpretive Center in Newcomb. The APA will transfer ownership of the facility to SUNY-ESF on July 1, six months before it was scheduled to be shut down, along with Paul Smiths VIC. As Chris Knight reports, officials say the mission of the Newcomb visitor center will continue under SUNY ESF.  Go to full article

Crowding out the earth? A conversation about population and climate change

It's Earth Day. All over the world, millions of people will be celebrating and speaking out about the critical environmental challenges. Slowing climate change tops contemporary lists. But researchers at SUNY's College of Environmental Science and Forestry say people are a rapidly growing part of the problem. In a statement issued this week, SUNY researchers argued that population control has to be a part of any long-term fix to the global warming. Brian Mann has more.  Go to full article

Virus Threatens River Muskies

Biologists are concerned a new fish virus may become an ongoing threat in the St. Lawrence River. DEC officials have confirmed Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia, or VHS, killed hundreds of round gobies, an invasive species, last month near Cape Vincent. The virus also killed 18 muskies, a prized native fish in the St. Lawrence. The DEC says it hasn't affected river trout or salmon populations so far. David Sommerstein spoke with John Farrell. Farrell directs SUNY ESF's Thousand Islands Biological Station near Clayton. He says the virus is common in Europe and Japan, and in saltwater in the Pacific Northwest. It first showed up in the Great Lakes watershed last year, in the Bay of Quinte in Lake Ontario.  Go to full article
Researcher Heather Root goes to work (Source: H. Root)
Researcher Heather Root goes to work (Source: H. Root)

Researcher Finds New Mite Species in Adks

A researcher from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has discovered a brand new species living in the Adirondacks. Heather Root, who grew up in Essex, Vermont, found at least one new type of tiny tree mite in the maple tree canopy at the Huntington Wildlife Forest near Newcomb. Root presented her discovery last month at the Ninth Annual Northeast Natural History Conference in Albany. Root did her research while dangling in a harness high above the ground. She told Brian Mann that she also found rare forms of lichen, not seen in the Adirondacks for decades.  Go to full article
Ross Whaley
Ross Whaley

APA Chair Ross Whaley: Everyday Challenges, Future Visions

Ross Whaley came to the Adirondack Park Agency last September from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. He was president at ESF for 16 years, and then was University Professor. As Professor, his interest was the political economy of sustainable development. As chairman of the Park Agency, that's still where his interest lies. But it's now focused on the 6 million-acre park, where he sees the potential for a model of environmental and economic symbiosis. Realizing the vision is largely in the future. Whaley told Martha Foley his first year has been taken up with learning the ropes, and responding to challenges he's inherited from the first 30 years of APA history.  Go to full article

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