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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.

Friday, April 5, 2019

50 Years Later - Celebrating McHarg's "Design with Nature"

Join us for a presentation and discussion of Ian McHarg’s groundbreaking book, “Design with Nature”.  This work, written and published 50-years ago, has strong influences in the Adirondacks.  We have invited Adirondack Park experts to share their perspectives on this relationship at the 26th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks, May 22-23, 2019, at the Conference Center in Lake Placid. Don’t miss this presentation!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Dr. William F. Porter to Receive the 2019 Dr. Elizabeth W. Thorndike Adirondack Achievement Award

Dr. William F. Porter will be presented the 2019 Dr. Elizabeth W. Thorndike Adirondack Achievement Award at the 26th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks, May 22 and 23, 2019 at the Lake Placid Conference Center.  Bill is the inaugural Boone and Crockett Club Professor of Wildlife Conservation in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Porter earned his PhD in ecology and behavioral biology from the University of Minnesota.  Bill focuses his research on game-changing issues in conservation now reshaping wildlife conservation: land-use change affecting habitats, emerging diseases in wildlife, shifting patterns in weather and climate, and changing conservation policy. His efforts are helping policy makers of Michigan and the nation enhance conservation wildlife resources.

Prior to his work at Michigan State, Bill distinguished himself for 32 years at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse as both a professor and the administrator of the 15,000-acre Huntington Wildlife Forest research facility in Newcomb, NY.  His innovative and ground-breaking research has had a major impact on the field of wildlife management — in particular the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s policies and activities in regard to deer, wild turkey and moose.

The Dr. Elizabeth W. Thorndike Adirondack Achievement Award is given annually to an individual who has demonstrated significant contributions to the long-term sustainability of the Adirondack Park through scholarship, research, and policy initiatives.  Past awardees include Nina Schoch, wildlife veterinarian and biologist; Ray Curran, Adirondack ecologist; Eileen Allen, SUNY Plattsburgh; Barbara Bedford, Cornell University; Joe Martens, former Commissioner, NYS DEC; Myron Mitchell, SUNY ESF; Jerry Jenkins, Wildlife Conservation Society; Dudley Raynal, SUNY ESF; and, Barbara McMartin, Adirondack author.