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Photo submitted - Adirondack Landowners Association President Tom Williams, NYS Senator Betty Little and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens.

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Adirondack Landowners present stewardship award

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - Updated: 12:09 PM

The Adirondack Landowners Association (ALA) held their winter meeting on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Adirondack League Club (ALC). Special guests included NYS DEC Commissioner Joe Martens, Senator Betty Little, representatives from Cornell University, and Dave Mason and Jim Herman from Adirondack Futures.

On Friday, Martens spoke to the ALA members about a variety of DEC related issues. Special recognition was paid by the commissioner for the efforts of private landowners in the park and specifically to the ALA for their role in helping to stop the spread of invasive species in the Adirondacks and throughout New York State. According to ALA President Tom Williams, the association was instrumental in getting the DEC and Department of Motor Vehicles to move forward with a plan to place inserts regarding invasive species in boat and trailer registration renewals mailed out by the state.†The commissioner also commented that the ALA has always brought “thoughtful and constructive” ideas and input to issues facing the Adirondacks.

Following the remarks by Martens, the ALA presented the 2012 Stewardship Award to Cornell University for their 60 plus years of work with the Adirondack Fishery Research Program. Cornell has a research field station located at the Adirondack League Club and has worked with a number of private landowners in the Adirondacks over the years. The Cornell work led to the development of an acid tolerant strain of hybrid brook trout which is now stocked by the DEC throughout the Adirondacks. Additionally, the program has contributed greatly to the research regarding acid rain and to other areas of ecosystem studies in the Adirondacks.

The wording on the award spoke to the importance of partnerships between private landowners and the scientific research community. An excerpt from the award reads: “The 62 year partnership between a committed land owner, the Adirondack League Club, and an outstanding research institution, Cornell University, attests to what can be accomplished through long term collaborative research. The beneficiaries of this work extend well beyond simply the knowledge gained by those involved. The improvement of aquatic ecosystems in the Adirondack Park and the enhancement of a world renowned cold water fishery are part of the lasting legacy of this unique partnership.”

On Saturday, the meeting continued with a presentation by Jim Herman and Dave Mason from Adirondack Futures. They have gained great recognition in the last year with their unique approach to creating discussions about long term solutions to the challenges facing the north country. The ALA members participated with many questions and comments on a variety of subjects raised during the discussion. More information on the work of Adirondack Futures can be found online at www.adkfutures.org.

“Overall, the meeting was a huge success and really highlighted the increasing awareness for the vital role that private landowners play in the Adirondacks,” said Williams. “The ALA firmly believes that responsible private stewardship is a critical component to the both the environmental and economic health of the Adirondacks,” he said.

     

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