January 12, 2011 -- ADIRONDACKS: Controversial fire towers protected, with restoration the goal by Stephen Williams - Daily Gazette
December 31, 2010 -- Governor signs off on fire towers, Moose River Plains
November 21, 2010 -- Preservationists split on Adirondack fire towers by Mary Esch from the Associated Press
To view this Associated Press article. click here.
October 29, 2010 -- Adirondack Park Agency submits to Governor Patterson for approval of amendments to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan for three State land reclassification proposals which includes one-half acre on the summit of the St. Regis Mountain.
October 19, 2010 -- EDITORIAL: Fire towers should stay by The Press-Republican.
October 14, 2010 -- APA votes to preserve towers by Explorer Editor Phil Brown
October 14, 2010 -- APA votes to make fire towers historic site By Mike Lynch, Enterprise Outdoors Writer
October 14, 2010 -- Hurricane, St. Regis fire towers get historic half-acre - by
Kim Smith Dedam -
Plattsburgh Press Republican
October 12, 2010 -- APA changes fire tower stance by Kim Smith Dedam, Plattsburgh Press Republican
October 9, 2010 -- Public comments heeded on fire towers - APA will consider designating Hurricane and St. Regis sites historic - By the Enterprise staff
September 18, 2010 -- Fire towers are in flux by Mike Lynch, Enterprise Outdoors Writer
August 14, 2010 -- The Daily Gazette Editorial - Save all Fire Towers in Adirondacks.
August 12, 2010 -- Residents push for preservation of fire towers Options, feelings on fire towers expressed at public meeting by The Press-Republican Staff Writer Alvin Reiner.
To download a file of the article click here.
August 11, 2010 -- APA Hearing on proposed options regarding the Fire Towers on Hurricane and St. Regis Mountains on the Paul Smiths' campus.
To download one speech presented click here.
August 10, 2010 -- Views on Adirondack fire towers aired by Stephen Williams reporter for The Daily Gazette
July 29, 2010 -- APA finds four options for fire towers By Kim Smith Dedam Staff Writer
July 26, 2010 -- The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) announces that it will hold three public hearings regarding the assessment of alternatives to amend the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (SLMP) related to the fire towers in the St. Regis Canoe Area and Hurricane Mountain Primitive Area.
Public hearings will be held on the following dates and locations:
Date: Monday, August 9, 2010
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Date: Wednesday, August 11, 2010
To download a PDF file of the APA Press Release click here.
To download a PDF file of the plan click here.
June 17, 2010 -- DEC official inaccurately claims that St. Regis Tower restoration would cost $50,000. Forest Fire Lookout Association, Press Release by Bill Starr, New York State Chapter Director.
*Note - Friends of St. Regis have committed to significantly if not totally covering the costs of restoration if allowed.
June 17, 2010 -- APA seeks more time to weigh fate of fire towers by Jonathan Alexander Staff Writer, Adirondack Journal
JUNE 11, 2010 -- APA, DEC still working on fire tower decision by Martha Foley from North Country Public Radio
To download an audio file of the story click here.
May 17, 2010 -- RAY BROOK, NY -- The Adirondack Park Agency is accepting public comments on Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP) compliance for the Hurricane Mountain Primitive Area. This is where sister Tower, Hurricane Fire Tower is located.
May 14, 2010 -- Master Plan moves toward review for fire tower options
By Kim Smith Dedam
Staff Writer with the Press Republican
May 14, 2010 -- APA moves toward saving fire towers
By Mike Lynch, Enterprise Outdoors Writer
May 12, 2010 -- Most letters to DEC in favor of fire towers by Mike Lynch, Adirondack Daily Enterprise Writer.
May 12, 2010 -- Hurricane fire tower advocate dies by Mike Lynch, Adirondack Daily Enterprise Writer
April 22, 2010 -- APA to discuss fire towers on St. Regis and Hurricane Mountains
RAY BROOK, NY -- The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Thursday, May 13 and Friday, May 14, 2010 at APA Headquarters in Ray Brook, NY.
At 11:00, The State Lands Committee will hear a first reading for the Jessup River Wild Forest, Jay Mountain Wilderness and the Hurricane Mountain Primitive Area Unit Management Plans. No action will be taken this month on these plans.
The State Lands Committee will reconvene at 1:00 p.m., to discuss approval for the 2009 State Land Classification Package. This action involves 32,013 acres of State Land and was subject to five public hearings held from January 25 - February 5, 2009.
The Committee will then consider authorizing a public comment period and scheduling formal public hearings to consider possible classification alternatives related to fire towers in the Hurricane Primitive Area and the St. Regis Canoe Area. Alternative actions for amending the Master Plan include:
--- Reclassify a small area around the base of the fire towers on St. Regis and Hurricane Mountains to a Historic Area classification
--- Revise the State Land Master Plan classification guidelines to allow the retention of fire towers in Primitive areas under certain conditions which will include the creation of a small Primitive area around the fire tower on St. Regis or the revision of guidelines for Canoe Areas to allow the fire tower as a conforming structure. Revisions will include retaining a small Primitive area classification around the fire tower on Hurricane. The balance of the Primitive area surrounding the fire tower on Hurricane Mountain would be re-classified as Wilderness.
--- No Action – which would result in removal or relocation from their current locations.
April 22, 2010 -- APA opens door to preserving fire towers by Jonathan Alexander from The Adirondack Journal
April 16, 2010 -- APA says fire towers stay - APA says structures on Hurricane, St. Regis can remain by Kim Smith Dedam Staff Writer with the Press Republican.
April 16, 2010 -- APA wants to keep Fire Towers by Chris Knight from Adirondack Daily Enterprise
April 16, 2010 -- Commissioners want fire towers to stay by WNBZ writer Jon Alexander
To download a PDF file of the article click here.
To download an audio file of the story click here.
April 12, 2010 -- APA Staff Objections to Fire Tower's Proposal, by writer Phil Brown from Adirondack Almanack
April 14, 2010 - APA staff: Fire towers should be torn down, By WNBZ Writer Jon Alexander.
April 10, 2010 - APA Will Size Up Fire Tower Removal Thursday, By Enterprise Outdoors Writer Mike Lynch.
April 4, 2010 - Press Republican "Hurricane, St. Regis Fire Towers Get APA Master Plan Review" article by Kim Smith Dedam
March 15, 2010 -- Press Republican "Fire towers spark heated discussion" article by Kim Smith Dedam
March 15, 2010 -- Adirondack Almanack "Wilderness as a State of Mind" article by Phil Brown
March 12, 2010 -- Adirondack Daily Enterprise article "Storm Brews Over Hurricane" by Outdoor Writer Mike Lynch. An article about a sister tower in the same situation as St. Regis.
One speech presented: click here.
AARCH Comments: click here.
To download the DEC announcement click here.
The meeting has not been rescheduled yet but is tentatively being looked at for March 10th.
To view to article click here.
To download the PDF file clicking here.
The results are 7% in favor, 92% opposed and 1% undecided.
February 16, 2010 -- A public meeting on this Draft Amendment/EIS will
DEC will be accepting public comments on the Draft Amendment/EIS until March 26, 2010. This announcement can be viewed at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/22588.html
At this NYS DEC site both the 2006 approved UMP for the St. Regis Canoe area can be downloaded http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/lands_forests_pdf/srcafinal.pdf as well as the new proposed Draft Amendment at the bottom of this page. http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/lands_forests_pdf/stregisamed.pdf
DEC has released the Fire Tower Study for the Adirondack Park. To download click here, please note this is a large file with over 400 pages of text.
February 1, 2010 -- The DEC will be putting out an UMP Amendment for the Removal of the St. Regis Fire Tower.
This is going to be released to the public February 10th. There is a tentatively planned public meeting for the evening of February 25th, likely to be held at Paul Smiths college campus. There would then be a 30 day comment period before the UMP Amendment would go to APA (45 days from 2/10/10).
The Comprehensive NYS Fire Tower Plan that we were waiting for the last two years has been changed by DEC to a “study” which is now complete, and will be released on the same date as the UMP on the 10th.
According to DEC this Fire Tower would not be removed during peak summit use months or during Thrush mating season, so likely removal would not happen until late fall of this year.
Please feel free to contact your local elected representatives to share your feelings. As further information becomes available we will update this site.