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03-17-2004

Clarkson University And Wckn Air New Episode of North Country Matters

This episode of North Country Matters will feature a discussion of the controversial New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's proposed Comprehensive Snowmobile Plan for the Adirondack Park. The DEC plan proposes to amend the existing Adirondack Park State master plan to allow for the creation of new Class III snowmobile trail designation, on which mechanized groomers would be permitted. Additional revisions include a new trail classifications system; replacement of current mileage limit for snowmobile trails in the Forest Preserve; revision of standards for the design, construction and maintenance of snowmobile trails; and inclusion of enhanced tree-cutting guidelines.

The show's producer is Dan Dullea from Clarkson's Center for Excellence in Communications. Joining Dullea in the discussion will be Neil Cheney of the Adirondack Park Citizens Council; Tom Wheeler, President of the Adirondack Mountain Club; and Clarkson University senior Peter Olesheski.

Other stories on the program will include a spotlight look at the Potsdam Food Co-op; a talk with Professor Tom Langen of Clarkson's Biology Department about his research on turtles in the North Country; and a feature about the annual housing lottery for students on campus. A live music segment highlighting new age guitarists Neil Fitzgerald and George Ross will complete the broadcast.

North Country Matters premiered on February 24, with segments on North Country healthcare; sexual assault nurse examination training; responsible drinking; and a showcase of local talent.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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