State officials say the gray, 500-foot boardwalk in Ferd's Bog in the Adirondack State Park was constructed with the environment in mind.
The bog is in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness Area about 70 miles northwest of Albany, in the heart of bird-watching country. Because so many ornithologists visit the spot, state Department of Environmental Conservation officials feared damage to the wetland.
A wooden boardwalk that would keep bird-watchers off the bog was designed in compliance with state regulations. A Department of Environmental Conservation document said the structure would have to "blend in with the surrounding environment."
By the time construction began on the 3 1/2-foot-wide walkway in the fall of 1998, state officials decided low-maintenance plastic would be better than wood, which is treated with potentially harmful preservatives. There was no public hearing on the change, which was approved by the state Adirondack Park Agency in routine public meetings.
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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- One of the last of the Golden Age hotels in the Adirondacks is being demolished.
Crews were razing the Agora Complex at the Lake Placid Club, where a theater, chapel, and 90 hotel units drew the rich and famous in the early 1900s, the Plattsburgh Press-Republican reported in Thursday's paper.
The Lake Placid Club was founded in 1895 by Melvil Dewey, the inventor of the Dewey Decimal System. The five-story hotel was credited with luring the 1932 Winter Olympics to Lake Placid.