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Friday, May 17, 2019

2019 Ecology and Environment Richard D. Morse Award Winners

The Adirondack Research Consortium is pleased to announce that two college seniors have been selected to receive the 2019 Rick Morse Award.  This $500 Award is given annually to students that share Rick’s passion for environmental policy, music, and/or outdoor activities in the Adirondacks. The Awards will be presented
at the 16thAnnual Conference on the Adirondacks.        

Katherine Gale is a 2019 graduate of Paul Smith’s College with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, and a dual minor of Botany and Chemistry. While at the College, she enjoyed hiking, kayaking, and rock-climbing.   She developed programs for fellow students on hiking, paddling, camping, and rock climbing. She developed “The Art’s Program”, a program to connect students to music, theatre, and the arts. Katherine has worked for the DEC Environmental Camps and the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program in education and outreach positions. Katherine plans to pursue a master’s degree and a career in education.

Kai Scarangella is an Environmental Studies major, with a chemistry focus, at Hamilton College. At Hamilton, she was the President of the Hamilton Environmental Action Group She participated in Hamilton’s Adirondack Program and interned at the Adirondack Watershed Institute and the Adirondack Mountain Club. She is an avid hiker and aspiring 46er and has completed 27 of the High Peaks and plans to summit all 46 by spring 2020.  As a Hamilton Outing Club leader, she leads hiking and snowshoeing trips to the Adirondacks. Kai plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Environmental Science focusing on public policy.  

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Economic and Population Trends

A distinguished panel of experts will discuss the recently released report by Protect the Adirondacks on “Economic and Population Trends from 1970-2010” at the 26th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks.  Participants are from top left clockwise: Ross Whaley, SUNY ESF, retired; Peter Bauer, Protect the Adirondacks; James McKenna, ROOST; Dr. Anthony Collins, Clarkson University; Stanzi Bliss, Adirondack Foundation; and, the Hon. Dan Stec, NYS Assembly. 

Friday, April 26, 2019

The Futue for Energy in the Adirondacks

Robert B. Catell

What is going on with the NYS energy landscape as we prepare for the future and how does this impact the Adirondacks?  Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center Chairman Bob Catell discusses this with Adirondack Research Consortium Board Members Liz Thorndike and David Miller.  Following this discussion, Dr. Sean Connin, ANCA's Clean Energy Program Director, will share his views on the challenges and opportunities in implementing an Adirondack Energy Policy.  Finally, Erik Backus, the Director of the Construction Engineering Management Program at Clarkson University, along with community representatives, will present their project to incorporate LEED standards in community development in Lake Placid and North Elba, NY.  This all happens at the 26th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Past, Present, and Future of Adirondack Social Science Research

Joseph Henderson, Ph.D. and Kelly Cerialo, Ph.C., of Paul Smith’s College, will lead a working session that will identify past and current social science research in the Adirondacks.  The goal is to identify gaps that warrant future inquiry and to begin coordinating social science research to better address social issues within the Adirondacks.  The session at the 26th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks will be followed by a broader workshop at Paul Smith’s College next summer to further social science research in the Adirondacks.


Friday, April 19, 2019

Engaging Private Forestland Owners to Improve Habitat

Ema Johnson  of the American Forest Foundation in Washington will lead a panel discussion on "Engaging Forest Owners, Foresters and Industry to Improve Habitat for Priority Birds in New York".  Ema's panel will include Suzanne Treyger, Audubon, New York; MJ Packer, NY Tree Farm Committee; and, Wayne Majuri, International Paper Ticonderoga.


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Poster Reception

Join us for a Research Poster Author Reception on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 5:00.  In addition to meeting the authors and discussing their work, there will be refreshments, prizes, and live music!  Photo by Melanie Johnson.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Economic and Population Trends Study

Join us for an overview and panel discussion of the economic and population trends in the Adirondacks and how they compare with rural America.  This analysis is contained in a Report prepared by Protect the Adirondacks! and presented by Executive Director Peter Bauer, on May 23rd at 8:30 during the 26th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks.  That presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on Adirondack perspectives moderated by Ross Whaley and including Jim McKenna, ROOST; Tony Collins, Clarkson University; Hon. Dan Stec, NYS Assembly; and, Stanzi Bliss, Adirondack Foundation.