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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Amanda Preston of Paul Smith's College is 2018 Morse Award Winner

Clockwise from top left: Amanda on Ampersand Mountain;  with a Tagu Lizard in Herpetology; Open Mike Night at Paul Smith's; the Climate March in 2017; and, Saranac Lake World Snowshoe Championships in 2017.
Amanda Preston, a graduating Senior at Paul Smith’s College, is the 2018 Ecology and Environment Richard D. Morse Award Winner.  Amanda, a native of Vermont, is majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry.  She has a lifelong passion for the outdoors. Amanda enjoys music and plays several instruments including piano, guitar, ukulele, and mandolin.  She was on the Paul Smith’s College Snowshoe team placing 3rd in the women’s 20-29 year old category in the 2015 World Snowshoe Championships in Quebec, and won the event in Saranac Lake 2017. She is currently on the canoe team and plans to do the 90miler in the fall. She is a Saranac Lake 6er, and working towards being a 46er. Amanda’s love of the outdoors, the environment, sports, music, and the Adirondacks, certainly embodies the spirit of the Morse Award.  The Award will be presented at the 25th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks.

Monday, May 7, 2018

ADK Scientists to Discuss Salt Mitigation Research

Dan Kelting, Chris Navitsky, Michael Twiss, Jim Sutherland, and Brendan Wiltse.
A panel of experts will present their research on the impacts of salt on water quality at the 25th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks.  The discussion will focus on lake and stream research findings and efforts to reduce salt loads.  The panel will include Dan Kelting, Ph.D., Chair, Executive Director, Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith’s College; Chris Navitsky, PE, Lake George Waterkeeper; Jim Sutherland, Ph.D., NYS DEC; Michael Twiss, Ph.D., Clarkson University; and, Brendan Wiltse, Ph.D., Science & Stewardship Director, Ausable River Association.  This topic is the featured issue at the 2018 Dr. Bruce Selleck "Adirondack Hot Issues" Forum named in honor of the late Colgate University professor and previous President of the Adirondack Research Consortium.


Conservation Subdivision Design in the ADK's

Michael Klemens, Dave Gibson, Michale Glennon, Fred Monroe, and Bill Farber

Conservation biologist Michael W. Klemens will present his research on ecological stewardship at the 25th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks.  A panel of Adirondack experts will follow this presentation with their ideas on how these concepts might work in the Adirondacks.  Included on the panel are Dave Gibson, Managing Partner with Adirondack Wild; Michale Glennon, Ph.D., Science Director, Adirondack Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society; Hon. Fred Monroe, Executive Director, Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board; and, Hon. Bill Farber, Supervisor, Town of Morehouse and Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors.


Sunday, April 29, 2018

Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Jen Kretser and Neil Patterson
Neil Patterson from the Center for Native Peoples & the Environment at SUNY-ESF; and, Jen Kretser, Director of Programs at TheWild Center will present a project they are working on in the Adirondacks to understand and share traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous people and scientific ecological knowledge.  The goal is to draw on the wisdom of both in support of global sustainability.  Learn more about this exciting project at the 25th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks.
Skywoman by Bruce King (Oneida)

Learn About a Proposed Adirondack Wildlife Health Institute

Nina Schoch, Jorie Favreau, and Lynn Miller
Nina Schoch is the Executive Director of the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation; Jorie Favreau is Chair of the Department of Natural Science at Paul Smith’s College; and Lynn Miller is the Wildlife Education Director for the South Florida Wildlife Center.  They will discuss their ideas for an Adirondack Wildlife Health Institute which will provide state of the art care for injured wildlife; high quality wildlife health and conservation medicine training; and wildlife related research opportunities in the Adirondacks. Their ideas will be presented at the 25th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks.

Aquatic and Forest Invasive Species a Topic at Annual Conference

John Bartow, Carrie Brown -Lima, Jerry Carlson, Erin Vennie-Vollrath, Rob Davies

John Bartow, Executive Director of the Empire State Forest Products Association, will lead a panel that will present the latest research and updates involving forest and aquatic invasive species.  Included on the panel will be Rob Davies, New York State Forester with the DEC; Jerry Carlson, Chief of Forest Health with the NYS DEC; Carrie Brown-Lima, Director of the NY Invasive Species Research Institute at Cornell University; and Erin Vennie-Vollrath, Aquatic Invasive Species Project Coordinator at the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program.  The panel is part of the 25th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks.
 
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Friday, April 27, 2018

Nina Schoch to be Honored

Nina Schoch
Long time Adirondack wildlife veterinarian and biologist Dr. Nina Schoch will receive the 2018 Dr. Elizabeth W. Thorndike Adirondack Achievement Award.  Nina is the Executive Director of the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation.  She has been studying loons in the Adirondacks since 1998. Amanda Lavigne, Consortium President, said, “There is no one more deserving of the Thorndike Award than Nina for her lifelong dedication to maintaining the health and diversity of Adirondack wildlife”.  The Award will be presented at the 25th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018

A Slow Loss of Northern Forest Icons

Dr. Michale Glennon
WCS Adirondack Program
Learn all about Michale’s findings on the distribution and abundance of 12 species of boreal birds who live in the conifer-dominated, open bog and peaty forest areas of the Adirondack Park at the 25th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks.

CFE Credit Available for the 25th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks


The SAF has approved 8.00 Cat 1 credits for the 25th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks.  Sign-in sheets will be available at the registration table at the Conference.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Energy Experts to Address Annual Conference

Pictured from the left:  Alberto Bianchetti, Alicia Barton, and Frank Murray.

Alberto Bianchetti, the Regional Executive for National Grid’s Central New York Division; Alicia Barton, the President and CEO of NYSERDA; and, Francis J. Murray, Jr., long-serving government official and energy expert, will comprise an energy panel at the 25th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks.  The session will focus on energy successes, transitions and new challenges ahead in the Adirondacks from a research, government and private utility sector perspective. A goal of the discussion is to help shape a pathway forward for the region.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Forestry Panel to Present at Annual Conference on the Adirondacks

Pictured from left: Rob Davies, John Bartow, and Tom Martin.
A panel with Tom Martin, President and CEO of the American Forest Foundation; John Bartow, Executive Director of the Empire State Forest Products Association;  and, Rob Davies, Director of the Division of Lands and Forests and NYS Forester for the NYS DEC will discuss strategies and trends in private forest land management.  Issues to be included in the discussion are AFF's Report Hidden in Plain Sight and the Empire Forests Future Initiative.  

Monday, April 16, 2018

Volume 22 of AJES Is Now Available!

The Adirondack Research Consortium and Union College are pleased to announce that Volume 22 of the Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies is now available to order. 
Learn how you can order a copy today.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Area Leaders Discuss Social Issues in the Region

Pictured left to right, Bill McColgan, Cathy Dove, and Sylvia Getman.
A Social Issues Panel Presentation will be featured at the 25th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks.  Bill McColgan, President and CEO of Mountain Lake PBS, will talk about poverty in the region; Cathy Dove, President of Paul Smith’s College, will discuss trends in education; and Sylvia Getman, President and CEO of Adirondack Health, will discuss rural health care.   In addition to ongoing projects, the panelists will discuss the impacts of these issues on the Adirondack community and challenges they see for the future in the region.  

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Selleck Issues Forum to Focus on Salt


Bruce Selleck (1949-2017)
The 2018 Dr. Bruce W. Selleck  Adirondack Contemporary Issues Forum will focus on the impacts of salt on water quality.  Dr. Dan Kelting, Executive Director of the Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith’s College, will lead a panel discussion on work being done on lakes and streams and efforts to reduce salt loads.  Chris Navitsky, Lake George Waterkeeper;  Jim Sutherland, NYS DEC; Michael Twiss, Clarkson University; and, Brendan Wiltse, Ausable River Association will join the discussion  on their work to understand and mitigate salt impacts on Adirondack water bodies.  The Selleck Issues Forum will be held on May 23rd,  2018, from 1:30-3:00 p.m., at the Conference Center in Lake Placid.  It is part of the 25th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks.  The Forum is named in honor of the late Bruce Selleck.  At the time of his passing, Bruce was the Thomas A. Bartlett Chair and Professor of Geology at Colgate University and President of the Adirondack Research Consortium.  He had deep ties and many friends and colleagues in the Adirondacks.  The Forum was Bruce's idea as a way to focus on a single issue in a “hot topics” session.  The impacts of salt on water quality certainly meets the criteria Bruce envisioned.  

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Sherburne “Shere” Abbott to Keynote 25th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks

Shere Abbott
The Honorable Sherburne “Shere” Abbott is vice president for sustainability initiatives and University Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy at Syracuse University. As stated on her NYSERDA Board biography information, Shere's research and teaching interests lie at the interface of science and society—principally on issues related to climate change, energy and sustainability.  Prior to her current appointment, she was a senior advisor to President Barack Obama serving as a deputy to the President’s science advisor. She was responsible for coordinating the research and development portfolio for environment and natural resources, including overseeing the $2.4 billion U.S. Global Change Research Program, and the interagency committees on earth observing systems, air and water quality, disaster reduction, ecological services, toxins, the Arctic, and ocean science and technology.  To learn more about Ms. Abbot, CLICK HERE to see her Syracuse University bio information.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Call for Abstracts!

Poster by Jerry Jenkins of WCS

The Adirondack Research Consortium is inviting abstracts for paper and poster presentations for the 25th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks, May 22nd and 23rd, 2018 at the Lake Placid Conference Center. A poster reception will be held at 5:00 on May 22nd with music and prizes.  For more information about submitting an abstract, click HERE.

2018 Ecology and Environment Rick Morse Student Award

Rick Morse in the Adirondacks.
 
The Adirondack Research Consortium is inviting college student applications for the 2018 Morse Award.  For more information about the Award and how to qualify and apply, click HERE.


Women in Conservation Rock!

Find more information on the Women in Conservation Workshop HERE.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Women in Leadership Series Workshop

Women in Conservation Advocacy and Policy
Identifying Research Needs, Gaps and Opportunities


Thursday, February 15th, 2018, Pine Room, Paul Smith’s College




Registration Open!




25th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks
The Conference Center at Lake Placid, Lake Placid, NY
May 22nd and 23rd, 2018


“25 Years – Research Needs Yesterday, Today, and in the Future”



Photo by Ken Rimany

Monday, January 29, 2018

Call-for-Papers, Posters, and Lightening Talks

25th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks
The Conference Center at Lake Placid, Lake Placid, NY
May 22nd and 23rd, 2018

“25 Years – Research Needs Yesterday, Today, and in the Future”

for more information and how to submit an abstract.

Photo by Laurel Fitts

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Save-the-Dates!

Mirror Lake by Laurel Fitts
25th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks
The Conference Center at Lake Placid, Lake Placid, NY
May 22nd and 23rd, 2018
 
“25 Years – Research Needs Yesterday, Today, and in the Future”

Join us for our 25th Anniversary Celebration!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Women in Conservation Advocacy and Policy

Identifying Research Needs, Gaps and Opportunities


Thursday, February 15th, 2018, 10:00-3:00, Pine Room, Paul Smith’s College
The purpose of this workshop is to identify challenges and opportunities for women pursuing careers in conservation advocacy and policy in the Adirondacks.     
 
For more program and registration information, CLICK HERE.