Information for Annual Members Meeting on July 5th at Paul Smith’s VIC

June 24, 2015

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Protect the Adirondacks is holding its 2015 annual meeting at the Paul Smith’s Visitor’s Interpretive Center 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.

Board of Directors Election Slate for 2015

PROTECT is very pleased with the 2015 Board of Directors slate. It features seven proposed Directors, six of whom will receive new terms and one who is joining the Board for the first time.

Marilyn DuBois, Scotia: Marilyn enjoyed a long career working for the State Assembly, holding positions such as the Senior Policy Analyst for the Legislative Commission on Toxic and Hazardous Wastes, Legislative Commission on Solid Waste Management, the Assembly Program Development Group, and Legislative Commission on Solid Waste. She also worked at the Department of Environmental Conservation in the Bureau of Pesticide Regulation as well as for the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter and as a lobbyist for the Environmental Planning Lobby.

Lorraine M. Duvall, PhD, Keene: Lorraine is a retired computer software engineer and director of research who is now active in community organizations, including service as a member of the Keene Planning Board, the Essex County Community Services Board, the Ausable River Association; and the Executive Committee, Hurricane Mountain Chapter, of the Adirondack Mountain Club. A lover of the Adirondacks since her youth, as a resident Lorraine now relishes hiking the woods and paddling quiet waters. Her civic pursuits have helped her to understand and respect the range of perspectives among those who live and visit here, and at the same time reinforced her commitment to protecting the Adirondack environment for generations to come.

Bob Glennon, Ray Brook: Bob served as the Assistant Attorney General in Charge of the State Department of Law’s Plattsburgh Office for 12 years. Prior to that he was CEO of Ecologically Sustainable Development, Inc. Bob served the APA from 1974 to 1995 as Associate Counsel, then Counsel, and for his last 7 years there, as both Executive Director and Counsel. He was a consultant to Governor Mario Cuomo’s Advisory Commission on the Adirondacks in the 21st Century and author of three of its Technical Papers. He has received environmental achievement awards from the State Bar Association Environmental Law Section, the Adirondack Council, Environmental Advocates, the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, the Albany Law School Environmental Law Alumni Group. The Friends of Robert C. Glennon Fellowship in Environmental Law was endowed at the Law School upon his leaving the APA.

Evelyn Greene, North Creek: Evelyn is a naturalist and writer specializing in mosses, bogs, & river ice. A hiker, paddler, and snowshoer who enjoys introducing people to the fascinating natural world, she is an active member of PROTECT’s Conservation Advocacy Committee, chairing its subcommittee on motorized access and serving as a co-leader of the Adirondack Lake Assessment Program. She sees the future of the Adirondack economy and the attractiveness of our towns as dependent on keeping the waters clean, the air pure, the private forests healthy and the public forests truly wild, with plentiful opportunities to enjoy the very rare natural resource of peace and quiet.

Sidney Harring, Mayfield: Sid grew up practicing forestry on his family farm in Wisconsin. After forty years of teaching at six different law schools, he retired to a “timber tract” in the Adirondack Park, and leads PROTECT’s program to promote sustainable forestry practices on the Park’s private lands. Sid loves the diversity of Adirondack forests, and manages his own to model the highest standards of sustainable forestry. Sid is currently a Vice-Chair of the Board.

Peter Hornbeck, Olmstedville: Peter grew up in and around Buffalo, New York. After college and military service he and his wife, Ann, moved to the Adirondacks where they have lived in Olmstedville for the last forty years. Pete worked as a school teacher in Johnsburg for 30 years and founded Hornbeck Boats, a well known line of lightweight solo and tandem boats.

Dale Jeffers, Lewis: Dale is an attorney and certified public accountant, Mr Jeffers has served as an officer and director of several advocacy organizations. Long active in Adirondack issues, and while often frustrated by the negative Adirondack regulatory and political climate, he finds great rewards in the progress of Park protection that PROTECT and its predecessors have served. The Adirondack Park continues as a place where his spirit soars.

Special Presentation on the Possible Return of Cougars to the Adirondack Park

PROTECT is very excited to feature a presentation by 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.

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.

The annual meeting is the best way to meet the leaders of PROTECT, learn in-depth about PROTECT’s advocacy and activities, and enjoy a fun day at the Paul Smith’s VIC. Come and see how you can increase your involvement with Protect the Adirondacks.

Click here to register for PROTECT’s 2015 Annual Meeting.

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       Short hikes on the VIC grounds, canoeing on Lower St. Regis

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

Click here to register for PROTECT’s 2015 Annual Meeting.

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

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