"Unless the region be preserved essentially in its present wilderness condition, the
ruthless burning and destruction of the forest will slowly, year after year, creep onward…
and vast areas of naked rock, arid sand, and gravel will alone remain to receive
the bounty of the clouds and be unable to retain it."
—Verplanck Colvin





David Gibson, Managing Partner

is the former Executive Director of both The Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks and Protect the Adirondacks, positions he has held from 1987-2010. He helped transform a small Association into a recognized force for change at Adirondack policy and grassroots levels, and through the building of a learning center and research library. He has also worked for the NYS Office of Parks, and the Quebec-Labrador Foundation’s Atlantic Center for the Environment.  He has a Masters in Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Dave is a regular contributor to Adirondack Almanack, His articles can be found at www.adirondackalmanack.com.


Ken Rimany, Partner

is a former Corporate Financial Analyst with the General Electric Company, and former Development, Outreach and Operations Director with The Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks and Protect the Adirondacks, posts he has held since 1995. Ken also was the staff Project Leader overseeing the design and building of the Center for the Forest Preserve at the historic homestead site of Paul Schaefer. Ken has a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Boston University, completed an MBA Program at The American University, graduated from GE's Financial Management Program. Ken is an award winning photographer who is contributing many of his Adirondack and Catskill images to this web site.



Michael W. Klemens, Ph.D.

is a conservation biologist with research interests in biogeography and ecology of amphibians and reptiles, ecologically informed land use planning, and the conservation biology of freshwater turtles and tortoises. He founded the Metropolitan Conservation Alliance, a consortium of municipalities, planners and scientists working together to improve the stewardship of natural resources in the Hudson Valley and Connecticut. MCA and Dr. Klemens earned an achievement award from the American Planning Association recognizing accomplishment in integrating complex ecological data into the land-use decision-making process. In 2011, Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve retained Dr. Klemens as an expert witness at the Adirondack Club and Resort adjudicatory hearing. In addition to his consultancy with Adirondack Wild, Dr. Klemens is a Research Associate in Herpetology at the American Museum of Natural History and is adjunct faculty at the University of Maine and at Western Connecticut State University. He has also worked for many years with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and other institutions.



Peter Brinkley

is a retired corporate banker with 16 years of experience on a wide variety of conservation Boards across the country. He served as a Trustee of The Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks for nine years and from 2002 - 2008 as its Board President and leader, and as Sr. Partner/Chair of Adirondack Wild from 2010 - 2015. He and his wife Barbara live in Jay and have been Adirondack Park residents for a number of years.


Terry Jandreau
Terry Jandreau,
Chair / Interim Treasurer
  Suzanne Roberson
Suzanne Roberson, Secretary


Thomas Cobb
Thomas Cobb

helen chase
Helen Chase

Margaret Schadler
Chad Dawson

Margaret Schadler
Richard Hoffman

Thomas Cobb
Steve Rice

Margaret Schadler
Margaret Schadler

Suzanne Roberson
Anne Weld




Stephen Blackmer
Stephen Blackmer

Eric Johanson
John Johanson

Carl George
Carl George

Roger Marshall
Michale Glennon

Roger Marshall
Sunita Halasz

Roger Marshall
Roger Marshall

Roger Marshall
Ed Zahniser



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.

Top left, David Gibson and Norm Van Valkenburg enjoy the view from Kaaterskill Falls in the Catskills © Ken Rimany; Pond Grasses © Ken Rimany

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