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Fred Monroe Honored
Fred Monroe was honored by the ALA at the meeting on October 26, 2018. The following remarks were delivered by William Hutchens, a founding member of the ALA:
The news from old forge
The Adirondack Landowners Association held its fall meeting on October 26th and 27th at the Adirondack League Club in Old Forge. Weather was typical for late fall, which is better than typical for early winter when the end of year meeting was often held!
On Friday afternoon, the board had an enlightening discussion with Bill Farber of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors regarding a number of issues. One was the dynamic in Albany with respect to the Adirondacks, and how it might change if the Senate flips from Republican to Democratic control, as it now has. Another was the potential role for the ALA given that it is composed of landowners with diverse perspectives.
The meeting officially began at 6 with what was listed on the agenda as “social hour.” ALA meetings provide the opportunity for informal conversations among Adirondack landowners regarding issues of common interest, as well as with invited guests from the Adirondacks and elsewhere. For some, these conversations are the main reason they come to the meetings. Attendees included members of the Adirondack League Club, the Wilmurt Club, the Ausable Club, Brandreth Park, the North Woods Club, Livingston Lake Club, the Hollywood Club, and McCavanaugh Pond Club, among others. Guests included Fred Monroe of the Local Government Review Board, Bob Stegemann of DEC Region 5, Peg Olsen of the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Randy Young of DEC Region 6, Matthew Simpson of the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, Ronald Moore, the Supervisor of North Hudson, and Bill Farber, Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors. The conversations continued through lunch the next day.
Later in the evening, Fred Monroe, who has been involved with the ALA since it was founded in 1990, was honored for his service to the Adirondacks. Wilbur Rice presided over the live auction, where the “big ticket” item was a cruise on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, which broke recent records. After dinner, Peg Olsen of the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy gave a presentation on how the Adirondacks, and private land, fits into the larger ecological context in the northeast.
Saturday morning featured a very informative presentation from Ema Johnson of the American Forest Foundation regarding opportunities for landowners, one from John Bartow of the Empire State Forest Products Association about regulatory and legislative issues of interest to Adirondack landowners, and an update from Kimberly Finnigan regarding the work she’s been doing on behalf of the ALA. These presentations were followed by the membership meeting.
The next ALA meeting will be held in May at the Minnowbrook Lodge in Blue Mountain Lake. Hope to see you there!
ALA Opposes changes to how NYS pays taxes on forest preserve
On February 26, 2018, ALA President Wilbur Rice sent the following letter to NYS representatives voicing opposition to a change in how NYS pays taxes on Forest Preserve, proposed in the 2019 Executive Budget:
The PILOT proposal is widely opposed across the spectrum of Adirondack stakeholders.
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