Annual members meeting is July 21, 2018 at The Grange in Whallonsburg in the Champlain Valley

May 22, 2018

On Saturday July 21st, Protect the Adirondacks is holding its annual membership meeting at The Grange in Whallonsburg in the beautiful Champlain Valley. This is a great opportunity to get an update on the major issues 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.

The day starts with a welcome and refreshments at 9:30, with the business meeting, awards, and presentation concluding by 12:30, when lunch will be served.

The meeting will also see PROTECT honor Mike Carr, executive director with the Adirondack Land Trust, and the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, with the Howard Zahniser Wilderness Award for their 10-year campaign to protect over 150,000 acres of the former Finch, Pruyn & Company lands. Over 90,000 acres were protected by conservation easement and over 65,000 acres was protected in the Forest Preserve, including the Boreas Ponds, Essex Chain Lakes, Hudson Gorge, headwaters of the Opalescent River, the Hudson River, Blue Ledges, OK Slip Falls, among many other places.

The day will be capped with a presentation from Tom Butler “From the Adirondacks to Patagonia: Forever-wild people, places, and future.” Tom Butler is the author or volume editor of more than a dozen books including Wildlands Philanthropy: The Great American Tradition and Protecting the Wild. He is a founding board member of Northeast Wilderness Trust and currently serves as vice president for conservation advocacy for Tompkins Conservation, a nonprofit that has helped create or expand 13 national parks in Chile and Argentina.

Tom’s presentation focuses on Tom’s work about “rewilding ourselves and rewilding the Earth.” Tom Butler describes his presentations this way: “In a richly illustrated slideshow presentation, writer and conservationist Tom Butler will explore some of the ideas that form the philosophical foundation of the contemporary conservation movement. Current conservation work around the globe, including efforts to create new parks at the farthest reaches of the Americas, can trace a connection to wild ideas and conservation tools forged in the Adirondacks. Can this place and its wild character inform a forever-wild future for people and our relatives in the community of life?”

Refreshments and lunch will also be served. Registration is $35 and can be done online at www.protectadks.org or through checks mailed to PROTECT at PO Box 769, Lake George, NY 12845.

More information will be mailed to members with a complete candidates slate for the Board of Directors and other updates.

Background Information on The Grange in Whallonsburg

The Grange has been at the center of America’s rural communities since the 1870s. The Whallonsburg Grange, Chapter No. 954, of the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry received its charter in 1903, meeting first at the Tyrell Hotel, which stood across the road from the present hall. The building you see today was constructed by the Grangers in 1915.

The Whallonsburg Grange was a member of the Grange League Federation, which helped small farmers to band together to get the best prices for their products.

The Grange was a place to discuss conservation practices, farming methods and politics. It hosted lectures, musical performances, dances and other social events for the whole community. The Junior Grange brought children ages 5 to 14 together at the hall.

In 2006 a group of volunteers, carrying on the tradition and spirit of the original Granges, saved and then renovated the Grange Hall, bringing it back as a center of community life in the region. Today this historic building is again a place for music and theater, lectures, films, family gatherings and children’s events. It also has a community kitchen, used by local farmers and food producers to create market-ready products for sale.

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