The 2020 Annual Membership Meeting of Protect the Adirondacks! is set for July 18th and will be an online gathering in order to protect participants from the spread of COVID-19. Please see information below with the agenda and how to register for the meeting.


The annual meeting of the membership of Protect the Adirondacks this year is being held on July 18th. In an abundance of caution for our members due to the COVID19 pandemic, we’ll be hosting this meeting online. The meeting is set for 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 18th. The annual meeting is an excellent way to catch up on the work of Protect the Adirondacks and learn about the major issues and challenges facing the Adirondack Park. 

Register for the Annual Members Meeting

At the bottom of this page there is a registration box. Once you have completed and submitted the registration form, we will verify your membership and send you information about how to participate in this meeting by phone, on your computer, tablet or smartphone. It’s easy and we encourage you to attend.

How to Participate via Video or Phone

Protect the Adirondacks uses the GoToMeetings app for online meetings. If you wish to participate with full video capabilities, you’ll need to download the app onto your smartphone, tablet or computer. It’s free and it’s easy. PROTECT will send you information on how to participate once your register.

Click here to download the GoToMeetings App.

Vote by Proxy for the Board of Directors

Letters were mailed to members, which included information on this year’s Board of Directors election. This year we’re asking members to vote either by proxy or in person at the online meeting on July 18th. If you wish to vote by proxy, complete the form and mail it back by July 13th.

Annual Meeting Agenda

Here’s the agenda for the annual membership meeting on July 18th:

1. Welcome by Chuck Clusen, Chair

2. Introduction of Board of Directors & Staff

3. 2019-2020 Financial Report by Peter Bauer & David Quinn, Treasurer

4. 2020 Board of Directors Election by Michael Wilson & Barbara Rottier

5. 2020 Conservation & Advocacy Report by Peter Bauer

6. Questions & Comments

7. Adjourn

Board of Directors 2020 Slate and Biographies

Nancy Bernstein, Vermontville. Nancy has been living with and promoting renewable energy for over 25 year. She has organized local green building home tours, and recently coordinated Solarize Tri-Lakes, a 2-year educational campaign to increase awareness about solar energy, encouraging more than 80 residential and small business solar PV arrays to be installed throughout the Tri-Lakes region. She works as an Energy Circuit Rider for the Adirondack North Country Association. Nancy is also noted for her freelance nature illustrations and maps of the Adirondack region. ( Outside of work, Nancy skis, hikes, paddles and camps around the Adirondacks with her teenage son. And when time allows, you’ll find her at home playing her five-string banjo or planning her next travel adventure.

John Caffry, Glens Falls. John is a partner in the law firm of Caffry & Flower, concentrating in environmental and land use law. On the Executive Committee of the NY State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section, John is also co-chair of PROTECT’s Conservation Advocacy Committee, and a member of Adirondack Mountain Club’s Conservation Committee, which he chaired for nine years. John makes the Palinesque claim that when the leaves are down he can see the Adirondack Park from his Glens Falls home. In his spare time he hikes, camps, paddles, and skis in the Adirondacks. 

Charles Clusen, Arlington, VA, and North River. Chuck is retired as the Director for the National Parks and Alaska Projects for the Natural Resources Defense Council. His forty years of advocating protections for federal public lands include organizing and leading a coalition that pushed 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, as well providing leadership in the successful Congressional designation of more than 14 million acres of Wilderness in the lower 48 states. Having served as Executive Director of the Adirondack Council, Chuck has long been familiar with Adirondack Park management and issues. 

Dean Cook, Ticonderoga. Dean is an Adirondack native with a private dental 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, and a past President of High Peaks Audubon. He currently serves on the Lake George Park Commission, and is active on PROTECT’s Conservation Advocacy Committee.

Mark Lawton, Saratoga Springs. Mark attended the College of Forestry at Syracuse University after his service in the USMC. His career has included involvement in establishing the Federal Appalachia Program; Director of Development for the City of Alexandria VA; NYS assembly ways and means budget/policy analyst; NYS Constitutional Convention staff; President of the Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities of NY; a member of the Charter Review Commission of Saratoga Springs; and most recently a member of the Urban Forest Committee of Saratoga Springs. He enjoys the comforts of a yurt in Essex, sailing, skiing, and hiking the wooded shore of Lake Champlain.

James McMartin Long, Canada Lake. A consultant in psychophysiology, James enjoys bushwhacking and cross-country skiing in the beloved southern Adirondacks of his youth. He is co-author of the second edition of 50 Hikes in the Hudson Valley, and monitors Canada Lake for PROTECT’s Adirondack Lake Assessment Program. A member of PROTECT’s Conservation Advocacy Committee, James passionately desires that the public Park lands be peaceful, quiet, and forever wild. James is also an elected member of the Caroga Town Board.

Philip Terrie, Ithaca, NY, and Long Lake. Phil is emeritus professor of American Culture Studies, English, and Environmental Studies at Bowling Green State University, where he taught classes in American environmental and cultural history and American literature. A former Assistant Curator at the Adirondack Museum, he has also held visiting professorships at SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Plattsburgh. He 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 (both published by Syracuse University Press) and numerous articles, chapters, and reviews on Adirondack history and culture. Phil is a regular contributor to the Adirondack Explorer. He is a 46er and enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, and birding.

Register Today for the 2020 Annual Membership Meeting on July 18th

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