New Wave

New Wave

photograph by Yvonne Albinowski   How will the latest land rush affect the future of the Adirondack Park? In early December, John Davis, a wilderness advocate, was riding his bike on a dirt road near his home—a cabin deep in the woods—a few miles outside of the...
Ice Out

Ice Out

photograph by Nancie Battaglia   What’s the future of Adirondack winters? The writing’s on the wall Just as parents measure their children’s height over the years, marking it with a notch and a date in a doorway, Pete McConville measures the ice on Upper St....
Bark Eaters

Bark Eaters

photograph from iStock   How beavers are reshaping Adirondack forests On April 27, 1905, a four-man “Army of Liberation” departed from Old Forge for the Fourth Lake of the Fulton Chain, two zinc-lined crates stowed aboard their rowboats. After a day of rowing,...
From Ore to Orchids

From Ore to Orchids

The legacy of Benson Mines If a landscape could be read like a book, two scenes near the western Adirondack hamlet of Star Lake would seem to belong to very different genres. The first is visible to anyone driving west along Route 3 from Wanakena. On the right,...
Tangled

Tangled

Crisis on the Oswegatchie For my wife and me, Wanakena has become synonymous with relaxation, quiet reflection and family over the last 20 years. It is a place where we raised our children to love the outdoors. It has been a sanctuary from the day-to-day grind. It has...
Peter Paine

Peter Paine

A few months before the November election, Peter Paine Jr. was fuming. He sat in the living room of his farmhouse in Willsboro—one of several homes he owns in the North Country and New York City—unlacing his work boots. He’s a tall, lanky guy. He’d been out tending...