On Saturday, July 20, 2019, Protect the Adirondacks presented the Howard Zahniser Adirondack Award to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Adirondack Program. For 20 years the WCS Adirondack Program was the leader in scientific research in the Adirondack Park. By combining scientific research, education, and community outreach the WCS Adirondack Program team tackled some of the most challenging wildlife management, private land use regulation, and natural resource protection issues in the Adirondack Park. The Adirondack Program’s publications made longstanding contributions to public understanding of Adirondack history, the Park’s rich and diverse ecology, and the complexities and challenges facing Adirondack communities.
The WCS Adirondack Team includes Jerry Jenkins, Heidi Kretser, Michale Glennon, Zoe Smith, Leslie Karasin and Carriane Pershyn.
“Protect the Adirondacks is pleased to present our Howard Zahniser Adirondack Award to the Wildlife Conservation Society Adirondack Program. For 20 years, the Adirondack Park benefited from the industriousness and creativity of the team of scientists and community outreach specialists who undertook research to identify the roots causes of major ecological or community development issues and developed and helped implement solutions,” said Charles Clusen, Chair of Protect the Adirondacks.
Howard Zahniser was a noted Wilderness advocate with long roots in the Adirondacks. He campaigned his entire adult life for passage of the National Wilderness Act, which was passed just after his death in 1965. His research into successful Wilderness preservation models brought him to the Adirondacks where he met legendary conservation activist Paul Schaefer and the two became great friends. The Zahniser cabin is still used today by his family.
The Howard Zahniser Adirondack Award is the highest award made by Protect the Adirondacks. Past recipients include John R. Collins, Jr, Dr, Charles Driscoll, The Heart of the Adirondacks Team of the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.