Peter Bauer, Executive Director of the Residents Committee to Protect the Adirondacks today. Before his tenure with since 1994, will leave his position by the end of September according to a news release the Adirondack Almanack receivedRCPA Bauer worked for the Commission on the Adirondacks in the Twenty-First Century, and at Adirondack Life. In his position with the RCPA, he worked on a variety of issues affecting the stewardship and environmental protection of the public and private lands of the Adirondack Park and was the target of much right-wing criticism. He is married to Cathleen Collins and has two children, Jake and Emma. He will be moving to a position as Executive Director for the Fund For Lake George.
Bauer leaves with a string of accomplishments defending the Adirondack Park during his tenure
North Creek, NY — The Residents’ Committee to Protect the Adirondacks (RCPA) today announced that Peter Bauer, Executive Director since 1994, is leaving this position at the end of September. Bauer has held this position since 1994. “It is with great sorrow, but also great gratitude for his fine work, that the RCPA has accepted Peter’s resignation. Peter Bauer was a strong leader and people looked up to him and relied upon him across the Adirondacks. The entire Board always had complete confidence in his leadership and we will miss him dearly,” said Peter Hornbeck, Chair of the RCPA Board of Directors. “We wish Peter well in his future endeavors and support him in a difficult decision for him and his family,”
Peter Bauer’s leadership helped establish the RCPA as a powerful and influential organization across the Adirondack Park and in Albany. Highlights from Bauer tenure include:
Grew membership from several hundred to over 3,500 households;
Increased RCPA budget 10-fold;
Built the largest water quality monitoring program in the Adirondack Park in partnership with Paul Smith’s College;
RCPA was the first organization in New York accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council to provide sustainable forestry certification to private landowners;
Published important research on the rates and patterns of development, impacts of ATV use on the Forest Preserve, future of Fire Towers in the Adirondack Park, and on New York’s dismal regulations for septic systems;
Waged successful advocacy efforts for land acquisition in the Adirondack Park to expand the Forest Preserve and through state purchase of conservation easements;
Led effort to ban ATVs from state Forest Preserve;
Successful advocacy for state local planning assistance funding to local governments in the Adirondack Park;
Successful collaborations with other organizations to compile the Northern Forest Wealth Index and study the tourism economy on the Adirondacks;
Defeat of private land developments that RCPA saw as threats to the environment and rural communities of the Adirondack Park;
Helped pass state legislation on jet ski control, acid rain, invasive species, timber theft, Constitutional Amendments, and to provide increased funding in the state Environmental Protection Agency;
Made numerous presentations in the many forums, conferences, and governing and regulatory bodies across the Adirondacks and New York; and,
Led efforts to reform and improve state management of the Forest Preserve.
“The RCPA has had many accomplishments during my time. These have all helped the environment and rural communities of the Adirondack Park,” said Peter Bauer. “There are many challenges ahead and I’m confident that the RCPA will continue to have a leading role in confronting these issues and bringing the voices of Park residents who demand stronger environmental protections to the front of the public debate.”
The RCPA Board of Directors has begun its search for a new Executive Director. “The RCPA Board is working hard to manage this transition. We have a solid foundation and are bound together by our fierce devotion to the Adirondack Park and our commitment to see it protected,” said Peter Hornbeck.
“While I’m leaving this position with the RCPA, my work in the Adirondack Park will continue. I hope to work closely with the RCPA in the future to help with the many challenges facing the Adirondack Park in the years ahead,” said Bauer. In October, Peter Bauer will take over as the Executive Director with the Fund for Lake George.
The Residents’ Committee to Protect the Adirondacks
The Residents’ Committee to Protect the Adirondacks is a privately funded, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the stewardship and protection of the natural environment and human communities of the Adirondack Park for current and future generations. The RCPA pursues this mission through advocacy, education, legal action, sustainable forestry certification, research, water quality monitoring and grassroots organizing. The RCPA has 3,800 household members and maintains an office in North Creek.