Protect the Adirondacks annual meeting includes awards, board members

OLD FORGE — Protect the Adirondacks, one of the Adirondack Park’s green groups, will host its annual meeting this weekend, with awards to be issued and a vote scheduled for the board of directors.

The all-day meeting will be held Saturday at View Arts Center in Old Forge.

The advocacy group’s Howard Zahniser Adirondack Award for 2019 will be given to the Wildlife Conservation Society Adirondack Program, which the Bronx-based WCS disbanded last year.

“For 20 years the Adirondack Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society was the leader in scientific research in the Adirondack Park,” a press release said. “By combining scientific research, education, and community outreach, the WCS Adirondack Program team tackled some of the most challenging wildlife management, private land use regulation, and natural resource protection issues in the Adirondack Park. The WCS Adirondack Team includes Jerry Jenkins, Heidi Kretser, Michale Glennon, Zoe Smith, Leslie Karasin and Carriane Pershyn.”

Protect will also present the Adirondack Green Business award to Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company proprietor John Nemjo.

Six people will be on the slate to serve on Protect’s board of directors.

“They include Richard Booth from Ithaca, a professor in the Cornell University School of Art Architecture and Planning; Roger Gray, Albany, longtime activist with the Sierra Club; Peter O’Shea, Fine, a retired sergeant from the New York City Police Department and well-known Adirondack naturalist and writer; David Quinn, Saratoga Springs, a senior vice president of The AYCO Company; Barbara Rottier, Vermontville, a retired attorney who worked for the NYS Department of Law, NYS Comptroller, and for more than 20 years as staff attorney with the Adirondack Park Agency; Michael Wilson, Saranac Lake, a retired college professor of cultural history,” the release said.

For more information, contact Protect Executive Director Peter Bauer at 518-251-2700.