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Adirondack Explorer

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Contents: March / April 2013

Baby mallards on Chateaugay Lake. Photo by Lisa Densmore

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 issue / 21
Facing criticism, the Adirondack Park Agency again postpones a vote on changing its clear-cutting regulations.

A business adventure / 22
The Mountaineer store in Keene Valley kindles a passion for the outdoors in its customers and employees alike.

Small crags, big dreams / 24
Almost singlehandedly, Jay Harrison transformed Crane Mountain into a climbing mecca in the southern Adirondacks.

Rafting outfitter acquitted / 27
A jury clears Pat Cunningham of reckless endangerment for sending clients on a whitewater trip without a guide.

Historic carry saved / 28
The Open Space Institute’s purchase ensures the trail between Utowana Lake and the Marion River will not be developed.

Reversing acid rain / 44
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman creates a fund for research into healing damaged ecosystems.

A home for cougars? / 45
A new study concludes that the Adirondacks can support up to 350 cougars, but one scientist scoffs.

Turkeys in decline / 47
The Department of Environmental Conservation wants to find out why the number of wild turkeys is dropping.