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Adirondack-focus ‘Ask An Expert’ webinars slated

PAUL SMITHS — Four “Ask An Expert” webinars with a focus on environmental, cultural and policy issues facing the Adirondack region are slated this month.

The four panel discussions are being hosted by Paul Smith’s College and the Adirondack Research Consortium. The events will be hosted via Zoom. They’re free to attend, and they will feature both physical and social science experts discussing a wide variety of subjects, from road salt and aquatic invasive species to history through the lenses of indigenous peoples, slaves and women.

Questions for any of the panels can be sent in advance to adkresearchconsortium@gmail.com.

The schedule is as follows:

¯ Friday, Oct. 9: “Science Based Policy” with moderator Michale Glennon, Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute. Panelists will be Kim Elliman, CEO of the Open Space Institute, and Jessica Ottney Mahar, New York director of policy and strategy for the Nature Conservancy.

¯ Friday, Oct. 16: “Current Stressors to Adirondack Waters” with moderator Dan Kelting, executive director of the AWI. Panelists include Brendan Wiltse with AWI, Erin Vennie-Vollrath with The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, and Chris Navitsky, Lake George waterkeeper.

¯ Friday, Oct. 23: “Cultural Geography of the Adirondacks” with moderator Joe Henderson of the Environmental and Society Department at Paul Smith’s College. Panelists include Jacqueline Madison, president of the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association, Melissa Otis, author of “Rural Indigenousness: A History of Iroquoian and Algonquian Peoples of the Adirondacks,” Peggy Lynn, singer/songwriter and co-author of “Breaking Trail: Remarkable Women of the Adirondacks,” and Adam Dewbury of the Adirondack North Country Association.

¯ Friday, Oct. 30: “Forest Carbon Programs” with moderator Jeff Denkenberger of the Molpus Woodlands Group. The panelists are pending.

Each panel will begin at 10 a.m. and free registration is required: bit.ly/36od9Ni.

Audience members may support the event by making a tax-deductible donation at: www.adkresearch.org/contact/donation.asp.

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