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Black Bear Woes in Blue Mountain Lake

At least one very aggressive black bear has been plaguing the residents of Blue Mountain Lake. The Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed reports that the animal has broken into several homes in search of food. The bear reportedly ate a goat owned by a local and has also been seen in popular campgrounds. With the busy holiday weekend underway, DEC spokesman Mike Frazier says state officials will try to trap the animal and move it out of the area. In the meantime, Frazier has some advice for people who want to keep bears away from their door.  Go to full article
Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh
Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh

Film Forum Focus: An Actress, A Writer, A Daughter, A Mother

The Lake Placid Film Forum filled movie theaters over the weekend. But the real focus of the gathering was the intimate encounters between film-makers and actors and their audiences. On Sunday, actress Jennifer Jason Leigh joined her mother, screenwriter Barbara Turner, for a public conversation about their work and their collaboration. As Brian Mann reports, the women hope to make a film in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article
By train through the wilderness
By train through the wilderness

Adirondack Rail: on the Old New York Central Line

In 1891, William Seward Webb began construction of a rail line that ran from Herkimer in the south up into the heart of the Adirondacks. The track cut through some of the region's deepest wilderness. For seventy years, the New York Central carried passengers to Malone and Lake Placid and points in between.
The old line is all but abandoned now. But trains still make the run a few times each year, bringing supplies and equipment to the tourist railroad in Lake Placid. Brian Mann made the trip this spring. He found that a small army of train buffs are fighting hard to keep the historic route alive.

The rail line described in this story is closed to passengers, but Adirondack tourist trains do run all summer long in Old Forge, Lake Placid, and North Creek. For more information, see the links below.  Go to full article
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

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