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VIC bird expert Brian McAllister
VIC bird expert Brian McAllister

In Search of the Black-Backed Woodpecker

This weekend, birders from all over the country will gather at the Paul Smiths VIC for the Great Adirondack Birding Festival. It's a chance to show off some of the region's unique species--including a hard-to-find black-backed woodpecker that's nesting in the area. Brian Mann took a bird walk with the festival's organizer and sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Lake Placid Forum Draws Presidential Hopefuls

Organizers say four contenders for the Democratic party's presidential nomination will visit Lake Placid this week, for a two-day forum on rural issues. The event - which begins Friday evening - will include a banquet and a series of speakers, including top Democrats from New York state. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Landmark Land Deal Preserves Southern High Peaks

New York state and a pro-environment group will buy nearly ten thousand acres of land on the southern border of the High Peaks. The landmark deal - announced Wednesday by Governor Pataki - will cost roughly 8.5 million dollars.
As Brian Mann reports, the land around the old Tahawus mine will preserve popular hiking trails and establish a new historic area.  Go to full article
The Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. Photo: Susan Waters
The Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. Photo: Susan Waters

Saranac Lakes Forest Plan Debated Behind Closed Doors

State officials held a closed-door meeting last night, as they develop a new management plan for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. This was the sixth private session designed to bring together various interest groups. As Brian Mann reports, the process is praised by some of the people involved, who say it means a more relaxed dialogue. But critics say it also means less public involvement - and less oversight.  Go to full article

Reservations are up at Campsites Across New York

There's more evidence that people are taking vacations closer to home in these uncertain times. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article
Adirondack Land Use Plan<br />Source:  APA
Adirondack Land Use Plan
Source: APA

Adirondack Land Use Experiment Hits 30th Year

It sounds like a bit of dull bureaucracy, but the Adirondack Park's "Land Use and Development Plan" was once considered revolutionary. The famous map created by the plan is a patchwork of color-coded land designations. It sets rules for state-owned wilderness and corporate industrial sites and everything in between. This month is the plan's thirtieth anniversary. Brian Mann spoke with Richard Persico, one of its creators.  Go to full article

Lake George: Jetski Ban Faces Opposition

Officials in Lake George plan to vote in two weeks on a rule that would ban jetskis and other personal watercraft. But a new group is organizing to block the change. As Brian Mann reports it's part of a movement in the region to support motorized access to lakes and state land.  Go to full article

Wind & Ice Damage Lake George Shore

Stiff winds that rattled the north country Wednesay damaged docks and boathouses on Lake George. The Glens Falls Post Star is reporting that the gale topped 30 miles per hour, ramming lake ice against the shore. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Park Agency Considers Wilmington Development

The Adirondack Park Agency meets today and is expected to approve a plan to build a new housing development in Wilmington. The 21-lot development - called Whiteface Meadows - drew concern Thursday about open space protection. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

NASCAR Track Plans Motor Ahead

One of the least populated towns in St. Lawrence County may soon hear the roar of NASCAR races and the cheers of 100,000 fans. Developers are forging ahead on plans for a NASCAR-qualified racetrack in the town of Brasher. As David Sommerstein reports, local officials say it could anchor an influx of tourism in the region.  Go to full article

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