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Chaumont Barrens: the North Country's Prairie
David Sommerstein takes a nature walk on this unique Nature Conservancy land that contains some of the nation's easternmost prairie habitat.
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Preserving the Indian River Lakes
Between the high profile destinations of the Thousand Islands and the Adirondacks, there's a hidden gem of a region. It's called the Indian River Lakes. David SOmmerstein sends an audio postcard.
Photo Audio Essay
Protecting the Tug Hill Plateau: Fish Creek
Last summer, New York State, the Nature Conservancy, and a Boston-based timber company announced a plan to preserve 45,000 acres of forest on the Tug Hill Plateau. David Sommerstein visited the “East Branch of Fish Creek Working Forest” to see how the plan is shaping up.
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A Journey to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
In the US Senate debate over the country's energy plan, New York's senators oppose plans to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Brian Mann spent a month in the Alaskan wilderness to research this half-hour documentary report.
Photo Audio Essay
Preserving Adirondack Alpine Meadows
Adirondack Nature Conservancy program volunteers haul rocks up into the High Peaks to protect fragile ecosystem from erosion.
Photo Audio Essay
Relicensing the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project
The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project was the largest public works project in the world. The power project's 50-year operation license expires in 2003. A three-part series by David Sommerstein.
NYCO's Mark Buckley points to the border between mine-owned lands and the state forest preserve.  His company will push that boundary back now that voters have approve the deal. Photo: Brian Mann
NYCO's Mark Buckley points to the border between mine-owned lands and the state forest preserve. His company will push that boundary back now that voters have approve the deal. Photo: Brian Mann

Both Adirondack land swap amendments are approved

Voters across New York state approved two amendments to the state Constitution that allow land swaps to go forward in the Adirondack Park.

An effort to settle long-standing property disputes in Raquette Lake in Hamilton County passed by a wide margin, with 72-percent support according to unofficial tallies.

A controversial plan by NYCO minerals to mine roughly 200 acres of forest preserve land in the Essex County town of Lewis also passed, though with much narrower support of roughly 53 percent statewide.

Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann talks with Martha Foley about the ballot propositions.  Go to full article

Six amendments top statewide ballot

There are six amendments on Tuesday's ballot, ranging from whether New York should allow seven resort style gambling casinos, to whether judges should be allowed to serve on the bench until the age of 80. Here's a run down:  Go to full article
Some green groups say valuable forest lands would be lost in the proposed NYCO land swap. Photo:  Brian Mann

2 Adirondack land swaps proposals on ballot

Two of the six amendments on Tuesday's ballot deal with land swaps in the Adirondack Park. One of the proposals has split environmental groups.

Proposition 4 would clear up some land disputes for owners of property on Raquette Lake, in Hamilton County. It would allow the state to give clear titles to the around 200 homes along the lake. In exchange, the landowners would contribute to a fund to buy alternative land for the Adirondack forest preserve. There is no organized opposition to that land swap.

But Proposition 5 is more controversial. It would allow a mining company to take over 200 acres of what are now forest preserve lands to expand its open pit mining operations.  Go to full article
Tax-exempt parcels (shown in red) in a small city. Map: City of Ann Arbor, MI

Comptroller: $680 billion in untaxed NY land

More than a quarter of all property in New York state is off the tax rolls. That's according to figures compiled by the state Comptroller, who calls it a burden on local...  Go to full article
One of the approximately 11,000 fish released. Photo: Sarah Harris.

Stocking sturgeon in the St. Lawrence

The St. Lawrence River has more sturgeon than it did yesterday. About 11,000 baby sturgeon were released into the St. Lawrence and its tributaries.

State...  Go to full article
Assemblyman Dan Stec says the Adirondack Park's dialogue has "evolved."  NCPR FILE Photo: Brian Mann

Stec says APA reform unlikely in Albany

Last week, Adirondack Explorer magazine held a day-long conference at the Paul Smiths VIC, asking big questions about the future of the Adirondack Park and the APA.
...  Go to full article
A forested floodplain: Lousiana bayou along the Pearl River. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/99012321@N00/3499802982/">Josh Kellogg</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Flood-plain forest restoration

Trying to put nature back the way we found it can be more complicated than just leaving things alone. Dr. Curt Stager talks with Martha Foley about attempts to restore "green...  Go to full article
The Essex Chain of Lakes, part of the Finch Pruyn timberlands. Photo: Carl Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy

Update: No APA vote next week on Finch timber lands

UPDATE: Keith McKeever, spokesman for the Adirondack Park Agency, has confirmed that a final vote on classification of the Finch Pruyn timberlands will not be held next...  Go to full article
Signposts along the way. Photo: Sarah Harris

Defining the Champlain Valley

Lake Champlain is a lot of things: It's a border between Vermont, Quebec, and New York. It's where people go to fish, swim, and boat. People cross it to get to work or see...  Go to full article
Newton Falls Paper, once the largest employer for miles around. Photo: Mark Kurtz

What's next for towns like Newton Falls?

This summer, a Canadian company called Scotia Investments has been auctioning off parts of the old Newton Falls paper mill in southern St. Lawrence County.

It's...  Go to full article

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