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THE ALA MOURNS THE PASSING OF Doc Van Deusen

Doc Van Deusen, who represented the McCavanaugh Pond Club at ALA meetings for many years has passed away. 

Bill Hutchens, Sr. writes:

Hardly could I have known back in 1994 when I sat at Doc’s kitchen table in North Bangor with him and Mary and a big old dog leaning against my leg that Doc would become a close friend and hunting partner of many years.

At that meeting he said, “Sure, sounds like a good idea”, and with not so much as a blink McCavanaugh Pond Club joined ALA. Doc went on to be elected to our Board of Directors 1999 – 2007 and became one of our most active participating members. He attended all of our meetings for many years until travel got in the way a bit.

Doc Van Deusen at Livingston Lake in 2006

Doc Van Deusen at Livingston Lake in 2006

Doc delighted in showing me McCavanaugh Pond Club and meeting his sons and it wasn’t long before he invited me to hunt with him there. I guess I didn’t shoot at anybody as he invited me back again several times. Then he came to Livingston Lake and hunted with us for many years.

Doc loved deer hunting. He did it for the experience in the field and the companionship in the camp. He was a gentle, soft spoken guy. He and I often ended up walking the trail together at the end of the day and the memories of quiet talks with him are a treasure for me. He was an easy guy to get to love.

Obituary

Dr. Carlisle W. Van Deusen, 97 of North Bangor, New York died Tuesday, December 18th at the Alice Hyde Medical Center, Malone, NY

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Carlisle (Doc) was born September 20, 1921 in Malone, NY, the son of Everett and Katherine (Carlisle) Van Deusen.

Doc graduated from Cornell University with a Doctorate in Veterinary medicine. He opened a veterinary practice in North Bangor, NY in 1945 and practiced for 60 years.

Doc’s accomplishments over the years included serving in both the Army and Navy during WW II as a medical corpsman. He also was one of the original organizers of the North Bangor Fire Dept. and he served as Fire Chief and member. Doc was a Bangor Town Councilman; on the Board of Directors of Citizens Bank; President of Bangor School Board; President of McCavanaugh Pond Club and Franklin County Veterinary. After retirement he volunteered his services to Meals on Wheels and the local animal shelter.

Doc was an outdoor enthusiast who loved the Adirondacks and was an advocate for wildlife and the environment.

Doc married Mary Elizabeth Ryan in October of 1946. He was blessed with 9 children, Bill Van Deusen (Sandy), Mary Kay Rockhill (Doren), Patricia Higgins (Michael), Steven Van Deusen, John Van Deusen (Janice), Jane Colquhoun, Laurie Wilson (Mark), Robert Van Deusen (Mary), Katie Gravel (Rob). Doc was a beloved grandfather to 19 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.

His wife Mary and son, John, predeceased him, as well as his sister Jayne and brother Richard.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the North Bangor Fire Dept., 2367 US- 11, North Bangor, NY 12966 or Meals on Wheels, c/o Office Of The Aging, 355 West Main Street, Malone, NY 12953

Online condolences may be offered at www.chateaugayfuneralhome.com.


Fred Monroe Honored

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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:

We have a very special celebration tonight to honor and thank one of the giants of the Adirondack community for all he has done to support ALA’s mission and all good things about the Adirondacks!

Fred Monroe – would you please come forward.

I met Fred on a July day almost 30 years ago at Livingston Lake where he was a guest at the second meeting of the Adirondack Landowners Association. That was the summer of 1990, and our organization was only a month old...fresh out of the womb, so to speak.

We were looking for some connections with the Adirondack community, and Fred’s name came up and so we asked him to come.

There was quite a cast of characters back in those days – Fred, George Cannon, Dick Persico, Hamm Robertson who was then Chairman of the Adirondack Planning Commission, Jean Raymond of Edinburg in my neck of the woods, Bob Glennon, Andy Halloran who had been counsel to Ron Stafford, and some others.

But as I say Fred was there with some of them at the time and singing a message where we thought we knew the words... and they were as recorded in the minutes of that meeting...you can look it up...”the 21st Century Commission Report showed little or no regard for private property rights”.

Now....that was thirty years ago, and whether you believed that then, or now, the ALA – standing for private property rights and good stewardship - spread its wings over the years to attract the best of the best in the Adirondack community to join with us in helping to make this a better place...and that includes the economy as well as the environment.

And Fred was one of those people we found out about. And we also found he was way ahead of us. So when we caught up to him, he and his wife, Carol, climbed on board and more or less became permanent members of the ALA family. He rarely missed a meeting and in fact, I think if I had my perfect attendance pin from third grade with me I would pin it on him.

Which brings me to Ross Whaley, who regrets he could not be here to join us in this little clambake to celebrate Fred but has provided the words for us as his tribute to him.

And so....I quote Ross:

“Fred served as Supervisor of the Town of Chester and member and Chair of the Warren County Board of Supervisors. In addition to all the duties associated with those challenging positions, he was a leader among government officials in working on the control of aquatic invasive species – something very much on our agenda today - and the use of alternative energy for local government facilities.

As Executive Director of the Adirondack Local Government Review Board, Fred brought new vitality to that organization and had a significant impact on bringing the concerns of local government and citizens and landowners in the Park to the decisions made by the Adirondack Park Agency.

We recognize Fred tonight not only for the tremendous work he has done in the Park, but in the manner in which he did it – with calm, logic, persuasiveness and civility.”

Fred, allow me to read for you and all your friends the inscription on this plaque, which we present to you with our deep admiration and affection:

IN RECOGNITION OF HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO BENEFIT THE ADIRONDACK PARK AND ITS CITIZENS THE ADIRONDACK LANDOWNERS ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZES AND IS INDEBTED TO FREDERICK MONROE

2019 Fall Meeting, October 25 & 26 in Old Forge

The Adirondack Landowners Association will be holding its annual fall meeting on Friday, October 25, and Saturday, October 26 at the Adirondack League Club in Old Forge. As always, this is a great opportunity to meet with other Adirondack landowners, discuss the issues affecting landowners in the Adirondacks, and visit the Adirondack League Club.

On Friday evening, the director of the Adirondack Watershed Institute, Dan Kelting will be giving a presentation on the state of Adirondack waters. We’ve seen some dramatic positive changes in recent years due to reductions in acid precipitation, but waters are starting to warm and this will likely have a negative effect on cold water fish species and other facets of the Adirondack aquatic ecosystems. In addition to the presentation, we’ll also have a live auction, where you’ll have the opportunity to bid on unique Adirondack items and experiences.

For Saturday, friend and advisor Ross Whaley has organized a panel of experts consisting of John Bartow of the Empire State Forest Products Association, Rob Davies of the DEC, Matt Simpson of the Association of Adirondack Towns and Villages, and Jessica Ottney-Mahar of the Nature Conservancy to discuss and take questions on current Adirondack issues.

We hope you can join us in Old Forge!

2019 FALL MEETING RESERVATION FORM


Carbon and Club Management

The ALA spring meeting was held on Friday May 10 in Blue Mountain Lake. First to present was Troy Weldy, who is the Director of Ecological Management for The Nature Conservancy, who spoke about the Working Woodlands program, which helps landowners develop and market carbon credits. Adirondack landowners are always interested in new revenue streams to sustain stewardship, and carbon is beginning to develop as a a viable source of revenue. Currently, landowners with 2,000 acres or more are eligible. A question and answer session followed with a lot of great information exchanged.

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General Managers Egan Willard of the Adirondack League Club, and John Schuler of the Ausable Club, spoke about the aspects of running their organizations. Much of the discussion centered on the Adirondack labor market and the difficulty in staffing. It was a very interesting and informative presentation.

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The news from old forge

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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.

ALA President Wilbur Rice

ALA President Wilbur Rice

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 Adirondack Landowners Association appreciates the efforts to make government more efficient, which is the ostensible goal of the proposal to “Simplify the Taxation of State Owned Land” in the 2019 Executive Budget. We strongly oppose, however, the substitution of payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreements subject to a cap for the existing obligation of the State to pay taxes on property and interests in land on the same basis as other landowners. The only consequence of the proposed change will be to shift the burden of paying for essential governmental services from the State to taxpaying citizens of hard pressed Adirondack and Catskill communities.

This substitution would represent a major breach of the long-standing covenant between the state and these communities (enshrined in Section 534 of the Real Property Tax Law) to offset the loss those communities would otherwise suffer if the land were taken from their tax rolls for the benefit of the Forest Preserve and thus the citizens of the whole state.

All taxpayers are devoted to keeping taxes as low as possible. The state should not enjoy a more privileged status in bearing taxes than the ordinary citizen. It would be plainly unfair, given the disparity in their respective resources, to allow the state, instead of paying taxes based on an assessment, to simply increase its annual tax payment by a maximum of 2%, especially when its own FY 2019 Executive Budget Financial Plan shows that projected property value increases are more than 2% over the next four years.

The existence of this unfair result would discourage private landowners and local towns and villages from creating or supporting Forest Preserve land acquisitions or easements that could enhance the parks, secure important preservation goals, and add to the attraction of the region. More importantly, in the long run it will have a seriously deleterious effect on the economy of the region and its ability to attract and retain businesses and residents.

We therefore respectfully request that this proposal be withdrawn and removed from the 2019 Executive Budget.

Respectfully,

Wilbur Rice
President

The PILOT proposal is widely opposed across the spectrum of Adirondack stakeholders.


Become an Associate member of ALA

If you are already part of a Regular Member organization or club, why not consider becoming an Associate Member. Your financial support will help to fund the efforts of the ALA as we promote our network for exchanging ideas, addressing concerns among landowners, providing representation on important issues, and helping to ensure that the interests of Adirondack landowners are well advocated. You can find an application on our website...click on Join.