Register Today for the 2015 Annual Meeting of Protect the Adirondacks at the Paul Smith’s Visitors Interpretive Center on Sunday, July 5th

Protect the Adirondacks is holding its 2015 annual meeting at the Paul Smith’s Visitors Interpretive Center in Paul Smith’s on Sunday July 5th from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. This day will include a report on PROTECT’s conservation and advocacy programs over the past year and looking ahead, hike on the beautiful Visitor Center trails, canoeing on Lower St. Regis Lake, and a special presentation from Christopher Spatz, President of the Cougar Rewilding Foundation.

Special Presentation: Restoring the Big East with Big Beasts: Ecosystem Recovery and Economic Sustainability in Adirondack Park

Christopher Spatz is president of the Cougar Rewilding Foundation. As a member of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s State Wildlife Action Plan Advisory Committee, he coordinated the teams that revised the DEC’s 2015 wolf and cougar species assessments, as well as the 2015 Vermont State Wildlife Action Plans for wolves and cougars. A member of the Mohonk Preserve’s Land Stewardship Committee and a former director of the Gunks Climbers’ Coalition, he lives in Rosendale, NY.Spatz

On the issue of the return of cougars (Puma concolor) to the Adirondacks, Spatz wrote: “The Adirondacks are missing four native megafauna, four species whose millennial presence created the Adirondack ecosystem: elk, bison, wolves and cougars. As evidenced by the rewilding of other U.S. regions, restoring the full ecologic functioning of the Adirondacks with these marquee wildlife would enhance both the NYS DEC’s Watchable Wildlife Adirondack sites and New York State’s nation leading, multi-billion dollar wildlife watching tourism. By creating opportunities for wildlife tracking classes and vacations, darting, howling and photography safaris, and big game hunting for the Northeast’s 84 million people, rewilding the Park would establish the Adirondacks as an international wildlife recreation destination.”

Read Yellowstone East: The Economic Benefits of Restoring the Adirondack Ecosystem with Native Wildlife, a provocative new study from the Cougar Rewilding Foundation. For more information see a paper published Dr. John Laundre, a wildlife biologist who is a leader with the foundation about the feasibility of the Adirondack Park habitat for cougars. The Wildlife Conservation Society also published a paper on public attitudes about the return of cougars to the Adirondacks.

2015 Annual Meeting Agenda

9:30 – 10:00 Welcome and receptions (coffee and donuts served)
10:00 – 11:00 PROTECT Report/Business Meeting
11:00 – 12:00 Christopher Spatz “Restoring the Big East with Big Beasts: Ecosystem Recovery and Economic Sustainability in Adirondack Park”
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 Hiking on the trails of Heron Marsh at the Visitors Interpretive Center or
canoeing on Lower St. Regis Lake


Click here for directions to the Paul Smith’s Visitors Interpretive Center.

Payment Information

The cost is $35 per person and covers morning refreshments and lunch.

Click here to pay online or send a check to:

Annual Meeting
Protect the Adirondacks
PO Box 769
Lake George, NY 12845

Thank you very much for your support for Protect the Adirondacks. We look forward to seeing you on July 5th!