Register today for the PROTECT 2018 Annual Meeting at The Grange on July 21st

June 25, 2018

2018 Protect the Adirondacks Annual Meeting will be held on July 21st at 9:30 AM at The Grange, Whallonsburg, Champlain Valley

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.

Protect the Adirondacks will present the Howard Zahniser Adirondack Award to The Nature Conservancy and the team who worked 10 years to protect 161,000 acres of the former Finch, Pruyn & Co. lands in the “Heart of the Adirondacks” campaign. More than 95,000 acres were protected by conservation easement and 65,000 acres were protected in the Forest Preserve, including Boreas Ponds, Essex Chain Lakes, Blue Ledges in the Hudson Gorge, and OK Slip Falls. Accepting these awards on behalf of the team will be Mike Carr, former executive director of the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and current executive director of the Adirondack Land Trust, and Dirk Bryant, science director of the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. In the picture above, Dirk is shown fishing on the left, Mike is on the right.

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 and 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?”

Register today for the 2018 Annual Meeting at the Grange in Whallonsburg in the Champlain Valley

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North Creek, NY 12853

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Annual Meeting Agenda

9:30 AM Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Welcome by Chuck Clusen, Chair, Protect the Adirondacks

10:10 Financial Report by Dave Quinn, Treasurer

10:20 2018 Board of Directors Slate by Michael Wilson, Vice Chair

10:30 Conservation and Advocacy Report by Peter Bauer, Executive Director

11:15 Howard Zahniser Adirondack Award to Mike Carr and The Nature Conservancy

11:30 “From Adirondacks to Patagonia: Forever Wild People, Places and the
Future” by Tom Butler

12:30 Lunch

Board of Directors Election Slate for 2018

Andy Coney, Stowe, MA: After a long, eventful career in high tech, Andy Coney retired at sixty for more paddling, hiking, rowing, cycling, orienteering and Nordic skiing, as much as possible around beloved Blue Mountain Lake, his lifelong center of gravity. An energetic reader who does not watch television, Andy is always reading; from cereal boxes and found newspapers to LeCarre, Tolstoy, Clausewitz, Gibbon and McKibben.

James Dawson, Plattsburgh: James is a retired Geology professor from SUNY Plattsburgh. He served on the NYS Board of Regents and has served on numerous Adirondack and NYS conservation group Boards.

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 and has been active in community organizations since retiring to Keene in 1998. She served as a member of the Keene Planning Board, the Saranac Lake Community Store, the Essex County Community Services Board, the Ausable River Association; and the Executive Committee, Hurricane Mountain Chapter, of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Lorraine is a regular contributor to the Adirondack Almanack, and published the book In Praise of Quiet Waters: Finding Solitude and Adventure in the Wild Adirondacks in 2016, which won the Literary Award from the Adirondack Center for Writing for best memoir. Duvall earned a BS degree in Mathematics, and MS in Operations Research, and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University in Information Studies.

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.

Directions to The Grange

From the South (Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga etc.): Take I-87 (the Northway) north to Exit 31 (Elizabethtown, Westport) and see below: NOTE: Travel time from Albany to Exit 31 is about two hours and twenty minutes with the summer bridge construction. See “FROM I-87, EXIT 31” below.

From the North (Plattsburgh, Quebec etc.): Take I-87 (the Northway) south to Exit 31 (Elizabethtown, Westport) and see “FROM I-87, EXIT 31” below.

From the East (Vermont, etc.): Take the Charlotte/Essex ferry to Essex, NY. Turn left off the ferry onto Route 22. Follow Route 22 as it immediately turns right (west). At two miles from the ferry landing you cross the Canadian Pacific railroad tracks. At three miles from the ferry landing, at Boquet, Route 22 turns left (note octagonal sandstone school house high up on the left). At six miles from the ferry you enter Whallonsburgh and the Grange is the red, hip-roofed, barn-like building on the left. Parking is adjacent to the Grange.

From the West (Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, Ausable Forks etc.): Take routes 9N or 73, as appropriate, to Elizabethtown and get on, or stay on, route 9N toward Westport to I-87, Exit 31 and See “FROM I-87, EXIT 31” below.

FROM I-87, EXIT 31: Turn left (northeast) immediately east of Exit 31 onto the Youngs Road (County Road 59). You will pass the Westport Bible Church on the right and the Hilltop Motel on the left. At 2.5 miles from Exit 31 turn right (east) at the T-intersection onto the Wadhams Road (County Route 8). Go 100 yards downhill to the T-intersection with Route 22 in Wadhams, NY. Turn left onto Route 22. Wadhams Falls will be on your left as you cross the Boquet River and the River at hydropower project will be downstream on your right. Continue northeast on Route 22 for four miles to Whallonsburgh, NY. The Grange is the red, hip-roofed, barn-like building on the right. Parking is on the right just before the building. Travel time from Exit 31 is about 10 minutes.

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