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APA's Ross Whaley: plan "insensitive"
APA's Ross Whaley: plan "insensitive"

Parking Banned At Adirondack Scenic Vista

On Friday, the Adirondack Park Agency approved a plan that will end public use of one of the region's most scenic vistas. The popular pull-off north of Saranac Lake will be closed with guard rails and "no parking" signs. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Feuding Over A Famous Adirondack View

In the Adirondack Park, spectacular views are supposed to be protected and enhanced, according to state law. But the future of a scenic vista north of Saranac Lake has triggered controversy and a feud between state agencies. As Brian Mann reports, the state Department of Transportation plans a road project near Donnely's Corners that could ban public use of the overlook.  Go to full article
Jim McCulley at Belly's near Malone
Jim McCulley at Belly's near Malone

Snowmobilers Look For The Long Haul

For many people in the North Country, winter recreation means snowmobiles. There are fifty thousand sleds registered in our region. The hot new trend is long-distance touring. Riders like to go long-distance, hopping from town-to-town. Brian Mann went on a 100-mile day-long ride in the Adirondacks. He sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Breaking trail through knee-high drifts
Breaking trail through knee-high drifts

A Winter Ski On The Northville-Placid Trail

In the North Country, winter is a great time to get outside, into the woods. It's bug-free. Travel over snow is often easier than over muddy, rocky trails. There are also fewer crowds.
But winter is also a time when even the best-laid plans can be erased by harsh weather and changing conditions. Brian Mann sends this audio postcard from a three-day ski on the Northville-Placid trail in the Adirondacks.  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

State To Poison Ponds, Restore Trout Fishery

The Department of Environmental Conservation plans to poison two ponds in Franklin County. The project approved Friday by the Adirondack Park Agency is part of a plan to re-introduce native species of rainbow and brook trout. As Brian Mann reports, some pro-environment groups say the project will do more harm than good.  Go to full article

Sports Illustrated: The Adirondacks Issue

It's been a banner winter for the Adirondacks. First NASA named a lumpy bit of rock on Mars after our state park. Then, last week, the Lake Placid Olympics were celebrated in a new Disney film about the legendary 1980 hockey tournament.
Now, the region is being featured in Sports Illustrated's new swimsuit issue, which appears on newsstands this week. The models and crew stayed at the Wawbeek Lodge on Upper Saranac Lake last summer. Owner Norman Howard talked about the experience with Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann.  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
DEC's Rob Davies, Colton's Hank Ford, and Sen. Ray Meier debate snowmobile plan
DEC's Rob Davies, Colton's Hank Ford, and Sen. Ray Meier debate snowmobile plan

Colton: Snowmobilers Call for Wider, Longer Trails

New York's Conservation department was expected to begin a series of public hearings next week, on a controversial snowmobile plan for the Adirondack Park. But yesterday, top DEC officials traveled from Albany to hold their first hearing in the town Colton, south of Potsdam. The session wasn't on the DEC's official schedule and the agency gave no public notice of the meeting. As Brian Mann reports, last night's hearing was actually hosted by a snowmobile advocacy group. Many of those who attended the three-hour session say snowmobile tourism is being stifled by an outdated network of trails--and by a state bureaucracy that's biased against their sport.  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

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