Monday, May 7, 2012

PROTECT Names Peter Bauer New Executive Director

PROTECT the Adirondacks! has announced that its Board of Directors has hired Peter Bauer as its new Executive Director. Bauer brings to PROTECT more than 20 years of experience in Adirondack Park policy, grassroots organizing, environmental advocacy, and not-for-profit management.

Bauer will begin working for PROTECT after Labor Day, according to a statement released to the pres this morning, and is expected to will continue to serve until the end of July in his current position as Executive Director for the FUND for Lake George, a position he has held since 2007. Bauer had previously served for thirteen years as Executive Director of the Residents’ Committee to Protect the Adirondacks (RCPA), which merged with the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks in 2010 to form PROTECT.

Among Bauer’s recent projects for the FUND for Lake George are his work to develop and publish the award-winning Do-It-Yourself Water Quality: A Landowner’s Guide to Property Management that Protects Lake George; a new report on trends from thirty years of collaborative water quality monitoring; new programs for aquatic invasive species control, and creation of a new park and stormwater treatment system in collaboration with local communities at the south end of the Lake George.

When he takes up PROTECT’s reins in the fall, Bauer is expected to take a role in several of the organization’s initiatives. With Sierra Club support, PROTECT has taken legal action against the Adirondack Park Agency’s (APA) January decision to permit the Adirondack Club and Resort project, the largest development in the history of the Park.

“Chief among its threats PROTECT opposes the precedent for permitting habitat-fragmenting, recreational housing sprawl across many thousands of acres of similarly protected private lands throughout the Park,” the statement said. “In another recent decision, one that excluded public oversight, the APA approved the DEC’s plans to increase motorized access to 1.5 million acres of “forever wild” public lands with the construction of new, high-speed snowmobile “trails”. Bauer will oversee PROTECT’s initiatives not only to field-monitor DEC and permitted town construction of these new roads, but also to strengthen the statutes that are now interpreted as allowing the DEC to re-negotiate with owners of easement lands, changing provisions originally intended to provide public benefits.”

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4 Responses

  1. Peter says:

    I hope you bring balance and sound judgement to the organization. You are familiar with invasive species problems in Lake George, and that needs to be addressed in the Forest Preserve. DEC clearly states that they have no control plans

    The extremist environmental groups have provoked contention and dissension by intentionally misleading the general public and have been evasive in addressing the real issues.

    I have posted a petition that outlines some of these issues. If you agree with the petition would you sign it and openly support it please? Here is a link to it.

    Thank you,


  2. Bubba says:

    Unfortunate news for those working for cooperation and consensus in the Park. Bauer has a history of anarchy, extremism and dissension. He has been an opponent of private property owner rights. He has behaved while at the Fund for Lake George, but his history with the former Residents Committee, who represented anyone but the residents, was not beneficial to the Adirondacks and the people who live here. I can’t believe he really thinks that “Protect” will be able to sustain his salary needs.

  3. Bob Meyer says:

    do you even know what anarchy means? LOL

  4. Elliott says:

    Peter’s one of the good guys and I suspect PROTECT know that and are pleased to have him on board whatever his salary.