The winter meeting, held at the Adirondack League Club, is the real highlight of our year and is very well attended by our members and their guests. The meeting starts on Friday evening with cocktails and dinner followed by our annual auction fundraiser….the auction is a fun and entertaining part of the meeting. Saturday morning following breakfast we hold a members meeting which features presentations and discussion on a wide range of Adirondack issues affecting private landowners. Many ALA members come early to this event to enjoy some of beautiful scenery and outdoor activities. This is one event you don’t want to miss.
The spring meeting , typically held at Minnowbrook Conference Center, normally begins on a Friday evening with a cocktail and dinner reception, followed by the regular meeting on Saturday morning. We traditionally have a number of guest speakers who come from local and state government or represent one of the Adirondack stakeholder groups. Many of our members combine this meeting with a "spring trip" into camp.
Scenes from the Winter 2015 Membership Meeting.
2017 ALA Spring Meeting Report
The annual spring membership meeting was held at Minnowbrook Conference Center on May 5th and 6th. Minnowbrook is a great setting and the folks there, really go out of their way for us. Prior to the meeting a number of our members enjoyed a tour of the Adirondack Experience [formerly the Adirondack Museum].
We had a great turnout for the Friday night reception and dinner as well as the Saturday morning meeting.
Friday evening was a memorable gathering…great food and conversation along with some interesting after dinner discussion. We were honored to have a number of Adirondack officials in attendance including; Assemblymen Marc Butler, Bill Jones and Dan Stec along with Senator Betty Little. Also in attendance were Bill Farber, Fred Monroe and Sherman Craig. Our guest speaker on Friday night was North Hudson Town Supervisor, Ron Moore. Ron talked about the new Exit 29 “Gateway Project” that is being developed in his town. NYS is planning to invest $32 million dollars to create a new tourist camping and recreational complex.
The Saturday morning meeting presentations focused on forestry related issues. Our first speaker was Rob Davies, NYS DEC Director of Lands and Forests. Rob was followed by Tom Gillman of F & W Forestry and Tom Bielli, District Conservationist for the USDA. All three speakers presented important information on private forestry and stewardship practices which was well received by our membership. This was followed by the members only portion of our meeting during which our Senior Advisor, Ross Whaley gave a detailed report on a number of important legislative issues facing the Adirondacks. Additionally, we welcomed 4 new associate members to the ALA.
Overall the meeting was successful, well attended and informative. The ALA will meet again the last weekend in October, 2017 at the Adirondack League Club.
2016 ALA Winter Meeting Report
The Adirondack Landowners Association held their winter meeting recently at the Adirondack League Club. As usual, we had some winter weather…a little snow…a little ice…but that’s what you get in Old Forge in December. The cold weather didn’t stop us from having a great event that was enjoyed by our members and special guests.
Friday afternoon featured a tour of the Cornell Research Facility which is located at Little Moose Lake. Participants learned about the 60 plus year history of cold water fisheries research that has been done by Cornell in partnership with a number of ALA members, most notably the Adirondack League Club.
Friday evening was a busy time…we held our annual auction event where folks could bid on a wide variety of Adirondack items and other interesting gifts. We had a nice social hour followed by dinner and then a presentation of the ALA Stewardship Award. This year’s recipient was the Adirondack Lakes Alliance…the ‘other ALA’ was represented by Ed Griesmer and Jane Smith. This relatively new group on the Adirondack scene has been a real leader in the fight against aquatic invasive species. They have a broad base of supporters and members all across the Adirondack Park and do excellent work.
We had a number of special guest including NYS Senator Betty Little, APA Chairman Sherman Craig, DEC Region #5 Director, Bob Stegemann, and Reg #6 Director, Judy Drabicki, NYS Assemblyman Dan Stec , Deputy Executive DEC Commissioner Ken Lynch and Fred Monroe, Executive Director of the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board.
Our Saturday morning meeting featured a discussion panel which included Ken Lynch, Sherman Craig, Fred Monroe and Dan Stec. ALA members interacted with the panel on important issue related to private stewardship in the Adirondacks. This was followed by the membership business portion of our meeting and a delicious lunch.
The ALA spring meeting will be held the first weekend in May, at Minnowbrook Conference Center in Blue Mt. Lake. Check back for more information.
2016 Spring Meeting
The annual spring membership meeting was held at Minnowbrook Conference Center on May 13 and 14, 2016. Minnowbrook is a great setting and the folks there, really go out of their way for us. We enjoyed a great turnout for the Friday nite reception and dinner as well as the Saturday morning meeting.
Friday evening was a memorable gathering…great food and conversation along with some interesting after dinner discussion. We were honored to have a number of Adirondack officials in attendance including; Assemblymen Marc Butler and Dan Stec, AATV President, Brian Towers and APA Chairwoman Lani Ulrich. Our guest speaker on Friday night was attorney Diane Van Epps Finnegan. Diane was instrumental in the preparation of the ALA’s amicus briefin support of the Brandreth Park Court of Appeals presentation.
The Saturday morning meeting presentation by Mark Whitmore from Cornell was an eye opener for our members. He described in detail the threats we face from terrestrial invasives, like the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Following Mark we heard from Captains Dan Darrah and Harold Barber from the NYS DEC. This was followed by the members only portion of our meeting during which our Senior Advisor, Ross Whaley gave a detailed report on issues facing the Adirondacks. We welcomed 2 new members to our board of directors, John Montefusco and Philip Power, we also introduced a new regular member, David Glass.
The meeting was successful, well attended and informative. The ALA will meet again in December at the Adirondack League Club.