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Enough hands on deck for DEC?

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
Usually, it’s been green groups and state employee unions who have shouted loudest when cuts were proposed at the state Department of Environmental Conservation. This week, though, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli entered the debate with a report that was totally unsurprising in its conclusions, but filled with the kind of detail it takes a numbers-crunching auditor to collect.

Branding the Great South Woods

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014
Calling a vast forest the Great North Woods just has a nice ring to it, as Bob Dylan realized when he wrote “Tangled Up in Blue.” But maybe, at least in upstate New York, there’s room for a Great South Woods, too.

More cash for Adirondack smart growth

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
The Cuomo administration will invest $400,000 into smart growth in the Adirondack Park, the Department of Environmental Conservation said this week.

Let's get ready to rumble

Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014
We’ll all be encountering more rumble strips — those narrow cuts in pavement at the center or outside lines of a highway — as a new state policy puts them on more highways.

Exit 11A likely still a pipe dream

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014
A $500,000 engineering study is going to look at all the thousands of cars and trucks flowing into and out of the Malta-Stillwater area and what road improvements might help handle them.

Hudson fish not ready to eat yet

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
Despite a $1 billion effort to clean PCBs from the upper Hudson River, it may be many years before people can eat the fish again.

Grant will add stretch to historic canal trail

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
The recreation trail planned along the old Champlain Canal has landed a big federal grant to add one of the longest pieces yet — a section near Schuylerville as long as the Belmont Stakes.

Holiday no day of rest for rangers

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
Enough people had time off for Columbus Day weekend that it became a busy weekend for Adirondack Park forest rangers, who didn’t.

Price of history getting higher in national parks

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
In August, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis rather quietly told every park to reconsider its fees, as the agency looks to fund a $12 billion backlog of major maintenance ahead of its centennial in 2016.

Ballston to test new farmland program

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
The town of Ballston looks like it will be the first in the state to actually adopt a transfer of development rights law as a way of protecting farmland.

Open space plan has alluring targets

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
The state’s new draft Open Space Conservation Plan calls for protecting Wolf Hollow/Hoffman’s Notch in West Glenville, expanding the Albany Pine Bush and keeping up the push to acquire Follensby Pond in the Adirondacks.

Ballston supervisor pushing Astorino

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
Ballston town Supervisor Patrick Ziegler and his wife, Mary, have founded Upstate for Astorino, which Ziegler described as an independent group of volunteer supporters of Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive running against the well-financed re-election campaign of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Boat-washing law a fallacy without backing

Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
Making sure your boat is clean, drained and dry before you launch it is now the law of the land in New York state, not just at Lake George.

Oil train concerns shared up north

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
People from the low-income neighborhoods bordering the Port of Albany aren’t the only ones worried about the volume of volatile crude oil passing daily through the port.

Saratoga Springs' first mayor missed the boat, thankfully

Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014
When Saratoga Springs became a city in 1915, Walter P. Butler was the first mayor, having survived trans-Atlantic travel with a knack for booking the wrong boats at the right time.

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