Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Adirondack Explorer Hosting Conference On The APA

Paul Smiths AreaIn this 40th anniversary year of the Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan, experts from the Adirondack Park and around the country will convene at the Paul Smith’s Visitor Interpretive Center on September 26, 2013 to assess the progress and unfinished business of the Adirondack Park Agency (APA).

The conference hopes to identify ways the agency can be strengthened, based on successful examples here and elsewhere of preserving water quality, wildlife habitat, and scenic beauty, while also bolstering the regional economy. The principles of conservation design will be a theme of the conference.   A $25 registration fee covers coffee, lunch, and a reception following the event.

EVENT:  Conference on strengthening the Adirondack Park Agency.

TIME & DATE:  8 a.m.—6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013

PLACE:  Visitor Interpretive Center, a mile north of Paul Smith’s College on NY 30.

SPONSOR:  Adirondack Explorer newsmagazine

TO REGISTER: Click here.


 

SCHEDULE

 

8:00—8:50 a.m.—Registration.

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8:50 -8:55 a.m.—Dick Beamish, Adirondack Explorer founder, does brief introduction.

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8: 55-9:15 a.m.—Historian Philip Terrie presents perspective on Adirondack protection efforts with focus on progress and problems since WW2.

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9:15-9:40 a.m.—APA representative highlights agency’s mission, accomplishments and challenges on 40-year anniversary of Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan.

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9:40 -10 a.m.—Break

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10 a.m.—Panel on Water Quality: How to maintain and restore it in the Adirondacks. Panelists include Peter Bauer, executive director of Protect the Adirondacks, on stormwater runoff and new data on development trends in the Park; Chris Navitsky, Lake George Waterkeeper, on proper on-site sewage controls; Eileen O’Conner, director of environmental health for Cayuga County, on Cayuga’s model ordinance regulating septic systems; and Julie Regan, external affairs chief for Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, on efforts to restore Lake Tahoe legendary water quality. The panel will be jointly moderated by Brian Mann, Adirondack Bureau chief for North Country Public Radio, and Phil Brown, editor of the Adirondack Explorer.

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11 a.m.—Break while written questions are submitted and selected for answering/discussion.

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11:15-Noon—Q&A

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Noon-1 p.m.—Lunch outdoors, weather permitting.

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1:10-1:40 p.m.—Randall Arendt, national leader on conservation design, featured speaker.

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1:40-2 p.m.—Break.

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2-3 p.m.—Panel on conservation design, smart growth, and low-impact development. Panelists include Michale Glennon of Wildlife Conservation Society’s Adirondack Program, on biological inventory as first step in development process; Mary Ann Johnson, supervisor of Town of Day, on her town’s “Viewshed Protection Area”; Dave Gibson, a founding partner of Adirondack Wild, on APA’s accomplishments in conservation design (Butler Lake, etc.); and Carleton Montgomery, executive director of the New Jersey Pinelands Preservation Alliance, on model clustering ordinances. Same co-moderators as for morning panel.

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3:-3:20 p.m.—Break while written questions are submitted and selected for answering.

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3:20-4 p.m.—Q&A

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4-4:45 p.m.— Discussion of key recommendations for strengthening the Adirondack Park Agency by former APA Chairmen James Frenette and John Collins and Bill Kissell, former APA commissioner and original staff counsel for the agency.

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4:45- 5 p.m. —Willie Janeway, executive director of the Adirondack Council, on connection between specific environmental protections highlighted during the conference and economic sustainability.

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5-6 p.m.—Reception (wine, cheese, etc.). Also opportunity for trail walk to Heron Marsh or Barnum Pond.

 

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