The board of Protect the Adirondacks has hired veteran environmental activist Peter Bauer as its new executive director.
For 13 years Bauer was executive director of the Residents' Committee to Protect the Adirondacks, which was frequently the most ardent of the Park's green groups on his watch. In 2007 he left to become executive director of the Fund for Lake George, and not long afterward, the RCPA merged with the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks for form Protect.
Bauer will begin full-time work for Protect after Labor Day; he will continue his job with the Fund for Lake George unti the end of July.
(Photo courtesy of Protect the Adirondacks)
Bauer will lead Protect as it mounts challenges to several Park policy decisions the group sees as threats - including its lawsuit over the state Adirondack Park Agency's permitting of the Adirondack Club and Resort in Tupper Lake. The Sierra Club and three neighbors joined in the litigation against this project, the largest ever to come before the APA board.
"Chief among its threats Protect opposes the precedent for permitting habitat-fragmenting, recreational housing sprawl across many thousands of acres of similarly (p)rotected private lands throughout the Park," the group said in a press release Monday.
Protect also plans to fight the APA's approval of snowmobile trail expansion, as planned by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
"Bauer will oversee Protect's initiatives not only to field-monitor DEC and permitted town construction of these new roads, but also to strengthen the statutes that are now interpreted as allowing the DEC to re-negotiate with owners of easement lands, changing provisions originally intended to provide public benefits."