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Adirondack Explorer

April, 2013

DEC sides with paddlers


Agency says the public has the right to travel on a disputed stretch of Shingle Shanty Brook. By Phil Brown Weighing in on a long-running controversy, the state Department of Environmental Conservation says the public has the right to paddle through private land on Shingle Shanty Brook and adjoining waterways that connect two pieces of state land in the Whitney Wilderness. What’s more, DEC has ordered the landowners to remove cables and no-trespassing signs intended to deter the public from paddling the waterways. DEC issued the order after failing to reach an agreement with the landowners—the Brandreth Park Association and >>More


February, 2013

Contents: March / April 2013


Fight over Finch lands / 6 Environmentalists fault DEC’s plan for the Essex Chain of Lakes, saying the region should be a motor-free Wilderness. Skiing to a wild river / 12 Tom Woodman hooks up with a pair of locals to ski through the woods near Cranberry Lake to the Oswegatchie Flow. Backcountry cruise / 14 If you ever wanted to ski off a summit, you won’t find an easier one than Moose River Mountain near Old Forge. Designing the Park / 16 Critics say the land-use regulations need to be updated to reflect modern principles of “smart growth.” Clear-cut >>More