Monday, July 15, 2019

Protect the Adirondacks Annual Meeting July 20th in Old Forge

protect the adirondacksProtect the Adirondacks is set to hold its annual membership meeting at View Arts, located at 3273 State Route 28 in Old Forge on Saturday, July 20th. The meeting provides an opportunity to get an update on the major issues the organization sees facing the Adirondack Park, see PROTECT’s priorities for the year ahead, and meet the staff and Board of Directors.

The annual meeting includes the Conservation and Advocacy report, financial report, membership report, and election to the Board of Directors.

Protect the Adirondacks will present the Howard Zahniser Adirondack Award in 2019 to the Wildlife Conservation Society Adirondack Program. For 20 years the Adirondack Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) was a leader in scientific research in the Adirondack Park. By combining scientific research, education, and community outreach the WCS Adirondack Program team tackled some of the most challenging wildlife management, private land use regulation, and natural resource protection issues in the Adirondack Park. The Adirondack Program’s publications made longstanding contributions to public understanding of Adirondack history, the Park’s rich and diverse ecology, and the complexities and challenges facing Adirondack communities. The WCS Adirondack Team includes Jerry Jenkins, Heidi Kretser, Michale Glennon, Zoe Smith, Leslie Karasin and Carriane Pershyn.

Howard Zahniser was a noted Wilderness advocate with long roots in the Adirondacks. He campaigned his entire adult life for passage of the National Wilderness Act, which was passed just after his death in 1965. His research into successful Wilderness preservation models brought him to the Adirondacks where he met legendary conservation activist Paul Schaefer and the two became great friends. The Zahniser cabin in Johnsburg is still used today by his family.

Protect the Adirondacks will also honor John Nemjo, proprietor of Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company, which sells canoe and kayaks and outdoor recreational clothing and equipment at locations in Old Forge and Saratoga Springs. Founded in 1993, Mountainman has grown to one of the largest outdoor good retailers in New York.

Annual Meeting Agenda:

9:30 am Registration and Refreshments
10:00 Welcome by Chuck Clusen, Chair, Protect the Adirondacks
10:10 2018-19 Financial Report by Dave Quinn, Treasurer
10:20 Approval of new organization bylaws by the membership
10:25 2019 Board of Directors Slate by Michael Wilson, Vice Chair
10:30 Election of Officer 2019-2021
10:30 Conservation and Advocacy Report by Peter Bauer, Executive Director
11:15 Adirondack Park Green Business Award to John Nemjo, Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company
11:20 Howard Zahniser Adirondack Award to the Wildlife Conservation Society Adirondack Team
11:30 “Climate Change and the Adirondack Park” by Heidi Kretser, Michale Glennon, and Jerry Jenkins, a hard look at changes already evident across the Adirondack Park
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Guided and interpreted short hike up Rondaxe (Bald) Mountain or a canoe paddle on the North and Middle Branches of the Moose River led by Peter Hornbeck
4:00 Reception in Thendara.

Six people are being voted on for new terms of the Board of the Directors. They include Richard Booth from Ithaca, New York, a professor in the Cornell University School of Art Architecture and Planning; Roger Gray, Albany, New York, longtime activist with the Sierra Club; Peter O’Shea, Fine, New York, a retired Sergeant from the New York City Police Department and well known Adirondack naturalist and writer; David Quinn, Saratoga Springs, New York, a Senior Vice President of The AYCO Company; Barbara Rottier, Vermontville, NY, a retired attorney who worked for the NYS Department of Law, NYS Comptroller, and for more than 20 years as Staff Attorney with the Adirondack Park Agency; Michael Wilson, Saranac Lake, a retired college professor of cultural history.

More information on Protect is available on their website.

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