11th Annual Meeting of Members and Friends
September 24, 2021 – 1:00pm – 3:00 pm

This year we will be gathering in North Creek at the Tannery Pond Community Center, 228 Main Street, North Creek, NY.  

Our 2021 Meeting’s Focus will be on:
Our meeting features guest speakers Chad Dawson, Adirondack Wild Board member and former APA member, and Andrea Hogan, current APA Member and Town Supervisor of Johnsburg. Our focus will be on the current state of the Adirondack Park Agency at 50 Years (1971-2021) and reimagining the APA in the Next 50 Years.

The Adirondack Park Agency Act was a bold plan born in 1971 with considerable thought, vision, controversy, and hope for the future. Now we are 50 years into that future and the APA may be in a much less hopeful place. How do we respond today and refocus on the promise and vision of the APA Act in the future?

Come and join the discussion and help celebrate award recipients of our Paul Schaefer Wilderness Award and Wild Stewardship Award.

Our meeting is FREE and open for you and your friends.
To Attend: face masks and social distancing will be required.
Please R.S.V.P. by Monday, September 20th

We look forward to welcoming you on Sept. 24th!



08/17/21 Outdoor Recreation Collaboration with Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center
Dr. Chad Dawson is spearheading a low key collaborative effort at the Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC), using the Visitor Use Management (VUM) framework to show its practical utility. Across the Park, there is a demand to expand various kinds of outdoor recreation and equipment compatible and consistent with environmental and wild forest goals and objectives.

08/16/21 Lesson from Wetland Hydrology 101
Many, many years ago I entered graduate school at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in New Haven, CT. My graduate interests lay primarily in water resources, so I searched that first semester for a lead professor/advisor in that vast field – and, due to recent retirements, found none. As luck would have it, a Ph.D. candidate hosted a course in basic wetland hydrology 101 that fall. He was young, energetic, no nonsense kind of person, a stickler for getting out in the field and measuring things like water flow, water inputs and outputs.

07/05/21 From Perkins Clearing to Cathead Mountain
I was hiking in Hamilton County recently when one of my companions spoke of the days of the Perkins Clearing land exchange (1979), a publicly supported amendment to Article 14 of the NYS Constitution which led to a significant land exchange between the State of New York and International Paper Corporation north of the village of Speculator.

06/16/21 The End of Arbitrary Powers to Dam Adirondack River The State Legislature has just adjourned, but on a good many nights this past month I grew sleepy watching legislative TV or legislative proceedings on the internet. For the non-debate pieces of legislation, meaning when the legislative majority is not allowing minority debate on bills, the viewer is treated to the following exchanges in a monotone, one after the other:  The speaker or his representative, or the Senate president or her representative: “The clerk will read the bill.” The clerk: “a bill to” …whatever it does.

06/01/21 Fragmenting Whitney Park? News on May 29 comes from the Times Union’s journalist Wendy Liberatore that the late Marylou Whitney’s husband John Hendrickson plans to apply for an 11-lot subdivision of Whitney Industries land in Long Lake. Unable to sell the 36,000-acres in one fell swoop, Hendrickson tells the TU journalist that he will change the name to Whitney Real Estate and try for a permit allowing one private, two-three-thousand-acre estate on each of 11 lakes, leaving him, he estimates, with $238 million.

05/20/21 Adirondack Nature Conservancy – An Unheralded Founder While visiting the Adirondack Nature Conservancy website this week I am reminded of this chapter’s founding fifty years ago. Like the legislative formation of the NYS Adirondack Park Agency, an Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy was one of the 181 recommendations of the Temporary Study Commission on the Future of the Adirondacks, which reported to Governor Nelson Rockefeller and the public in 1970.



The mission of Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is to advance New York’s ‘Forever Wild’ legacy and Forest Preserve policies in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks, and promote public and private land stewardship that is consistent with wild land values through education, advocacy and research.

Photos: Top left: Adirondack scenery © Ken Rimany;
Field Notes From the Partners: Carved 'Beaver House' sign - by Paul Schaefer. Photo © Ken Rimany;
Wild Action Now photo: Dan Plumley at the Keene Valley Library, along with Naj Wikoff, sharing what they learned and offered to the gathering of leaders at the Conference of World Parliamentarians on Tibet. Photo  © Ken Rimany.

Peter Brinkley, Honorary Chair
Terry Jandreau, Chair
Kenneth J. Rimany, Partner
David H. Gibson, Managing Partner
Mobile: 518.469.4081

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