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January, 2019

Legislation introduced to shrink threshold for APA clearcut permits

Bills re-introduced at the start of the New York Legislature’s 2019 session would require Adirondack Park Agency permits for clearcutting more than five acres of privately owned timberland.

January, 2019

Open Space Institute buys land in Adirondack foothills

The Open Space Institute has purchased 890 acres along the southern edge of the Adirondack Park, which OSI said will permanently protect the forested parcel.

December, 2018

State grants to help address Lake George sewage

The Town of Bolton will get $1 million to improve its wastewater treatment plant, main pump station and wastewater collection system, according to the Department of Economic Development.

December, 2018

State funding sewage projects along Lake Champlain

Among larger state grant approvals were $2.5 million for the Town of Moriah along the southwestern shore of Lake Champlain to reduce overflows at its sanitary sewer system by constructing some five miles of water collection systems, manholes, siphons and pump stations.

December, 2018

Adirondack Park Agency OKs plan by Lyme Timber to log 643 acres in Tupper Lake

Log truck

On about 180 acres of forested wetlands, Lyme plans to cut overstory trees, about half balsam fir, the rest red maple, quaking aspen and white birch, more than half of it unacceptable growing stock, the permit says. The understory has about 1,250 stems per acre of those species.

December, 2018

Town of Lake George study shows septic system issues, information gaps

Management programs for onsite wastewater treatment systems and septic systems are necessary and the town has put together an approach to support an inspection and management program. 

November, 2018

Adirondack communities get water, sewer grants

The Cuomo administration has announced more than $5 million in state grants for five Adirondack communities to help their upgrade water and sewer systems. Grants for drinking water are $1 million for Chesterfield’s $8.4 million project and $1.3 million for North Elba’s $2.2 million project, according to the governor’s office. Grants for sewer systems include almost $1.3 million for Crown Point’s  nearly $5.1 million project, $1.2 million for Saranac Lake’s $4.8 million project and $450,000 for Speculator’s $1.8 million project. The announced awards across northern New York also included $4.35 million for Plattsburgh’s $17.4 million wastewater treatment plant upgrades. It >>More

July, 2018

‘Explorer’ paddling rights case in judge’s hands after trial

A new ruling is expected by year’s end in the eight-year-old lawsuit that pits landowners against outside paddlers over rights to a two-mile waterway in the remote northwestern Adirondacks. State Supreme Court Justice Richard Aulisi, after hearing three weeks of trial testimony this summer, is tasked with deciding whether Mud Pond, its outlet and parts of Shingle Shanty Brook and Lilypad Pond are “navigable in fact” where they pass through private land and therefore open to any canoeist or kayaker. The land is owned and controlled by the Friends of Thayer Lake LLC and affiliated Brandreth Park Association, whose members >>More

June, 2018

Revamped 46er app helps hikers identify peaks

Marcy topo

In 2011, Keith Kubarek developed version 1.0 of “ADK46erNow,” an app designed to help hikers with all aspects of their climbs of the forty-six High Peaks.

June, 2018

ORDA seeks to modernize cross-country-ski center

The Olympic Regional Development Authority hopes to begin construction this year on what winter-sports enthusiasts hope will be a “magical” transformation of the historic Van Hoevenberg cross-country-skiing center into an international venue on par with any in the world. The plans are conditional on permitting and would be carried out over the next several years as funding becomes available. ORDA says it has near-term funding in hand, to get the project underway once the approval process is complete. Although it has seen incremental improvements over the years, the center has grown a bit long in the tooth since its glory >>More