2017 annual members meeting to be held on July 15th at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid

June 22, 2017

The 2017 annual membership meeting of Protect the Adirondacks will be held on July 15th at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid. This year’s annual meeting will focus on the presentation of the Howard Zahniser Adirondack Award to Dick Booth, a former APA Board member who steadfastly stood up for protections of open spaces and the natural resources in the Adirondack Park and the Forest Preserve. We’re also planning to honor Steve Englebright (invited), the Chair of the State Assembly Conservation Committee, as the Adirondack Legislator of the Year.

The annual meeting will also include our informative Conservation & Advocacy Report, Financial Report and election for the Board of Directors (see the full slate below). Coffee, refreshments and lunch will be served.

The day will be held at the scenic and beautiful Heaven Hill Farm on Bear Cub Road. The annual meeting is an excellent way for members to learn about the major issues and challenges facing the Adirondack Park, get updates on PROTECT’s work, and meet other members.


9:30 Registration & Refreshments
10:00 Welcome by Chuck Clusen, PROTECT Chairman
10:15 The Howard Zahniser Adirondack Award to Richard Booth
10:45 The 2017 Legislator of the Year Award to Steve Englebright
11:15 Conservation & Advocacy Report
11:45 Financial Report & Board of Directors Election
12:00 Lunch

Registration information is below.

The Howard Zahniser Adirondack Award 2017 will be presented to Richard Booth, environmental planning professor and former Adirondack Park Agency Board Member

Protect the Adirondacks is pleased to announce that the Howard Zahniser Adirondack Award 2017 will be given to Dick Booth, a former Adirondack Park Agency Board member and professor of environmental law in Cornell University’s Art, Architecture and Planning Department. This award recognizes Booth’s service on the APA Board from 2007 to 2016 where he distinguished himself in defense of the “forever wild” Forest Preserve and classified “Wilderness” lands in the Adirondack Park. During his time on the APA Board, which manages a complex private and public land use regulatory program for the 6-million acre Adirondack Park in northern New York, Booth worked to uphold a decision-making process based on compliance with existing laws and regulations, scientific review and analysis, and public input.

During much of his time at the APA, Booth chaired the State Lands Committee, which oversees management for 2.4 million acre Forest Preserve in the Adirondack Park. A special focus for Booth was the 1.1 million acres of Forest Preserve classified as Wilderness. Booth worked to focus the APA’s attention on the importance of Adirondack Wilderness to New York and the eastern U.S given the scarcity of Wilderness lands east of the Mississippi River. Booth worked to hold the APA accountable during a series of major decisions with regards to the classification and management of the Essex Chain Lakes and for changes to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan, which sets management rules for the Forest Preserve.

In an interview with North Country Public Radio near the end of his time at the APA, Booth said: “There’s essentially been an attitude that the Agency, in classifying lands and making a variety of State Land Master Plan decisions, can pretty much do whatever it wishes,” Booth said, in an interview with NCPR. As he left the APA, Booth reflected on time in a WAMC Public Radio interview and published his thoughts in a farewell address.

Legislator of 2017 Award will be presented to Steven Englebright, Chairman of the NYS Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation

The 2017 Legislator of the Year Award from Protect the Adirondacks will be awarded to Steven Englebright, the Chairman of the NYS Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation. Steve Englebright has been an environmental leader in Albany for years and has always viewed the Adirondack Park as one of the state’s most important natural resource areas. Englebright has worked on an array of legislation to the protect the wild lands and communities of the Adirondack Park. In 2017, Chairman Englebright championed the most important reforms of the APA Act in decades to require conservation design for major subdivisions in the Adirondacks.

Board of Directors Election Slate for 2017

Here is a slate of candidates for the Board of Director’s election for new 3-year terms.

PROTECT is very pleased with the 2017 Board of Directors slate. It features seven proposed Directors, all of whom will receive new 3-year terms. This slate will be approved by members at the July 15th meeting.

Nancy Bernstein: Ms. Bernstein lives with her son in Vermontville is a energy efficient, solar powered home that she built. Nancy formerly worked as a builder of timberframe houses and barns, and continues work as a noted freelance illustrator and mapmaker. She has served on the Town of Franklin’s committee to draft subdivision regulations and planning board. She currently works as an Energy Circuit Rider for the Adirondack North Country Association. Nancy was a founding director of Protect the Adirondacks.

John Caffry: John Caffry has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2010. He is Co-chair of PROTECT’s Conservation Advocacy Committee. He is also a member of the Conservation Committee of the Adirondack Mountain Club, served as its Chair from 1995 to 2004, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section. John is a partner in the law firm of Caffry & Flower, concentrating in environmental law. He is a native of Glens Falls and resides there with his family. He makes the Palinesque claim that he can see the Adirondack Park from his house (during leaf-off conditions). In his spare time, he hikes, camps, and paddles in the Adirondacks, bicycles, and goes alpine, telemark, and cross-country skiing.

Chuck Clusen: Currently the chair of Protect the Adirondacks, Chuck was a founding member of Protect the Adirondacks in 2009. Chuck worked previously as the Director of the National Parks and Alaska Projects for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, DC. He has worked as an environmental advocate for forty years specializing in federal public lands, Wilderness, national parks and Alaska. In the 1970’s Chuck organized and led the Alaska Coalition pushing the Congress to pass the Alaska National Interest Lands Act of 1980 which created over a 100 million acres of national parks and wildlife refuges and an additional 56 million acres of Wilderness in the state. In addition, he was a leader in getting Congress to pass over 14 million acres of Wilderness in the Lower 48 and worked as the Executive Director of the Adirondack Council in the 1980s.

Dean Cook: Dean Cook was founding member of Protect the Adirondacks in 2009. He is an Adirondack native who works dentist with a private practice in Ticonderoga. He holds a BA from the University of Buffalo and a DMD from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a past board member of the Adirondack Council, the Lake Champlain Committee, the Lake George Land Conservancy, Residents’ Committee to Protect the Adirondacks and a past President of High Peaks Audubon. He currently serves on the Lake George Park Commission. Dean lives in a solar powered, energy efficient him he built on a family farm that has been in his family since the 1800s.

James Long: A resident of Canada Lake, James Long is deeply familiar with the southern Adirondacks from bushwhacking and cross-country skiing since his youth. Co-author of the second edition of 50 Hikes in the Hudson Valley, Mr. Long monitors Canada Lake for PROTECT’s Adirondack Lake Assessment Program, and is active on the Conservation Advocacy Committee.

Mark Lawton: Mark attended the College of Forestry at Syracuse University, and is a resident of Saratoga Springs. His career has included helping to establish the Federal Appalachia Program; NYS Assembly Ways and Means budget and policy analyst; NYS Constitutional Convention staff; and current service on the Urban Forest Committee of Saratoga Springs. From his base in a yurt in Essex, Mr. Lawton hikes and skis the wooded shores, and sails the waters of Lake Champlain.

Philip Terrie, Ph.D.: Phil lives in Ithaca and Long Lake, and is emeritus professor of American Culture and Environmental Studies at Bowling Green State University. An eminent regional historian, Dr. Terrie is the author of Contested Terrain: A New History of Nature and People in the Adirondacks, and Forever Wild: A Cultural History of Wilderness in the Adirondacks, as well as numerous articles, chapters, and reviews on regional history and culture. A former Assistant Curator at the Adirondack Museum, he is a regular contributor to the Adirondack Explorer, and is a 46-er who enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, and birding.

Click here for directions to Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid.

The cost is $35 per person and covers morning refreshments, registration, and lunch. Click here to make on online payment, pay by check at the PROTECT office, and pay at the event..

Thank you very much for your support for Protect the Adirondacks. We look forward to seeing you on July 15th!

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