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IP Land Deal Stuck in Local Feud, Global Restructuring

A historic deal to block development on more than a quarter-million acres of International Paper land in the Adirondacks remains in limbo. The conservation plan endorsed by Governor Pataki is caught up in a feud with local governments. It has also being complicated by IP's plan, announced this week, to sell off millions of acres of timberland worldwide. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Finch, Pruyn Lays Off 30 Salaried Workers

A paper mill in Glens Falls has laid off more than ten percent of its salaried employees. Administrative workers and foremen at Finch, Pruyn and Co. will be idle for at least four months. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

For New Lisbon Chipboard Mill, One Step Closer

Lisbon residents are one step closer to seeing a new chipboard manufacturing plant in their town. A Canadian lumber company announced it intends to build the plant. They would purchase the rights from Chatham Forest, which won its permit last December, after a 5-year battle with environmental groups.  Go to full article

Domtar Deal Raises Questions About State Management of Vast Adk Lands

During his state of the state address, Governor Pataki praised a new land deal with Domtar Industries that will preserve more than a hundred thousand acres of timber land in Clinton and Franklin Counties. The 23-million dollar deal follows closely on the heels of other land purchases, involving International Paper and National Lead. Much of the land will be protected by conservation easements. Logging will continue, but sprawl and housing development are banned. Pro-environment groups say easements are an important tool for preserving open space and improving recreation. But as Brian Mann reports, some critics wonder if the state has the resources to manage these complex land deals over the long haul.  Go to full article

Wood Power Electric Generator Planned for Tupper

With oil prices hovering at record levels, more north country families are using wood stoves as a primary heating source. New York state is now exploring the possibility of generating electricity using wood waste from the region's logging industry. On a visit this week to Tupper Lake, Governor Patki unveiled a state plan to build an experimental wood-powered generator in the village. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Finch Pruyn Land Sale Alarms Environmental Groups

One of the region's biggest timber companies is selling a 4,900 acre parcel of land in the town of Newcomb. According to a report published yesterday in the Glens Falls Post-Star, Finch Pruyn has agreed to sell the property for nearly $6 million. As Brian Mann reports, environmental groups say the deal could signal a new wave of housing development in the Adirondack Park.  Go to full article

Critics: Area Conservation Lands ?Hammered? By Logging

State officials are investigating claims of improper logging on timberlands in St. Lawrence County. The 19,000 acre parcel - which straddles the north branch of the Grasse River -- is protected by a state conservation deal. As Brian Mann reports, critics say problems with the project raise questions about bigger easement deals signed with International Paper and Champion.  Go to full article
EPA Administrator Michael Leavitt
EPA Administrator Michael Leavitt

With Lawsuits Pending, EPA Chief Visits Adirondacks

The Bush administration's top environment official will travel to the Adirondacks next week. Michael Leavitt will attend a water quality conference at Paul Smiths college. The visit comes less than two weeks after six northeastern states - including New York - sued the EPA over new water quality rules. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
IP land around Loon Lake Mtn.
IP land around Loon Lake Mtn.

Looking At IP Land Deal, From On High

In April, International Paper announced that the corporation will sell development and recreation rights on a quarter-million acres in the Adirondack Mountains. Logging will continue on much of the land, but the easement with the state of New York is expected to open vast new areas to hikers and snowmobile riders. The purchase could cost taxpayers as much as twenty million dollars. Phil Brown is editor with the Adirondack Explorer, a magazine that covers recreation issues in the Park. He spoke with Brian Mann about the deal, while sitting on a peak that could be a popular new destination.  Go to full article
Dr. John Mills. Photo: Nancie Battaglia
Dr. John Mills. Photo: Nancie Battaglia

Mills Takes Reins at Paul Smith's College

Paul Smith's College has a new president. Dr. John Mills, the school's provost and head of academic affairs, says he'll focus on expanding 4-year programs and building enrollment. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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