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Aimee Hurt has trained dogs for conservation work for nine years
Aimee Hurt has trained dogs for conservation work for nine years

A dog's job: studying moose in the Adirondacks

Wildlife biologists say that New York state is home to more than 500 moose. Their population has surged in recent years. Researchers would like to know a lot more about the animals: what they're eating, where they're going, and why their numbers are growing so rapidly. A new project organized by the Wildlife Conservation Society aims to gather some of that data using trained tracking dogs. Brian Mann spent a day with a research team in the northern Adirondacks and has our story.  Go to full article
WCS researcher Heidi Kretser (Source:  A. Keal)
WCS researcher Heidi Kretser (Source: A. Keal)

High Home Prices "Gentrify" Adirondacks

Home prices in some parts of the Adirondacks have more than tripled in just the last few years. The Adirondack Park's wild scenery and tight zoning laws have made the region attractive to second home-owners and retirees. Local leaders worry that the price pressure could push out local, working families. A study conducted by Heidi Kretser, a researcher with the Wildlife Conservation Council, found signs that at least one part of the Adirondack Park is changing. Kretser studied Census information gathered in the towns of Brighton and Franklin. Her analysis appeared in the Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies. She told Brian Mann that the two towns are aging. Also, the number of low-income families facing serious economic hardship because of skyrocketing home costs has risen by a third.

Kretser's study, "Housing Trends in Franklin and Brighton townships (Franklin County, NY) 1990-2000" appeared in the Fall/Winter 2005 issue of the Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies.  Go to full article
Atlas author Jerry Jenkins
Atlas author Jerry Jenkins

A New Adirondack Atlas, A New Vision of the Park

The new Atlas of the Adirondacks book gathers together hundreds
of maps and illustrations, with detailed text. The result is a rich, geographic portrait of the world inside the blue line. As Brian Mann reports, the Atlas joins a long tradition of Adirondacks maps that tell complex and sometimes controversial stories.  Go to full article

All Terrain Vehicles: More Popular and Problematic Than Ever

The popularity of 4-wheeled all-terrain vehicles is booming in New York state. A new study published this week by the Wildlife Conservation Society found that ATV registrations jumped from thirteen thousand to nearly a hundred thousand in the last decade. As Brian Mann reports, thousands of 4-wheelers are being sold here in the North Country, but there are few places where people can ride the machines legally.  Go to full article

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