The fall 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 is typically held at Minnowbrook Conference Center. Based on feedback from members, we're trying a one-day meeting format for the spring meeting, with the meeting beginning at 10 AM, lunch at noon, and the meeting concluding at 3 PM.
2018 ALA Spring Meeting Report
The 2018 ALA Spring Meeting was held at Minnowbrook Conference Center on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10AM to 3PM. This was a change from previous years where the spring meeting involved a Friday afternoon arrival, dinner, then morning meetings. Turnout for the meeting was quite good with approximately 30 people making the pilgrimage to Blue Mountain Lake. Speakers included John Bartow of the Empire State Forest Products Association (ESFPA), Ross Whaley, and ALA Counsel Kim Finnigan.
A major focus of the meeting was a discussion of the “Conservation Subdivision” bill, introduced in the NYS Assembly as A5451. The ALA, along with many other Adirondack stakeholder groups including environmental groups, local government, and ESFPA, participated in numerous meetings to discuss and revise the bill. The proposed legislation is of keen interest to the ALA because both the Adirondack League Club and Brandreth Park recently went through the large-scale subdivision planning process so they could accommodate growth, and other members of the ALA will surely need to do the same in the future. The ALA participated in the discussions to help ensure that proposed regulations were reasonable and didn’t include excessively costly and onerous requirements.
As of the May meeting, the draft bill still included provisions that the ALA felt were unacceptable, such as a requirement to identify dead standing and down trees in areas that would not be developed. While these are important, but temporary, habitat features that it would make sense to identify in areas that are going to be developed, forcing landowners to conduct on the ground surveys of such features in areas that are not going to be developed seems to be a prime example of something that would impose great costs while providing very little benefit.
At the end of session in June, no action was taken on A5451, but it seems likely that the issue will be raised again.
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.
Scenes from the Winter 2015 Membership Meeting.
2018 ALA FALL MEETING
The 2018 ALA fall meeting will be held at the Adirondack League Club on October 26th and 27th. While in the past, the end of the year meetings have been held between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the weather has always posed some issues that the holiday cheer couldn’t melt away. The weather at the end of October is much more agreeable.
The schedule is as follows:
Friday, October 26, 2018
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Auction setup in Summer House
6:00 p.m. - Social Hour and Silent Auction begin
7:00 p.m. - Dinner, comments, auction and raffle
8:00 p.m. - Speaker: Peg Olson, Director, The Nature Conservancy, Adirondack Chapter
Saturday, October 27, 2018
7:30 a.m. - Breakfast
9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Speakers:
Ema Johnson of Northeast Strategic Partnership Manager, American Forest Foundation
John Bartow, Executive Director, Empire State Forest Products Association
Kim Finnigan, ALA Counsel
10:30 a.m. to noon - Membership Business Meeting
Noon - Lunch and Departure
2017 ALA Fall Meeting Report
The Adirondack Landowners Association held their annual fall meeting recently at the Adirondack League Club. We were lucky to have some pleasant fall weather along with a great meeting and auction.
We were very fortunate to have Venetia Lannon, Deputy Secretary for the Environment be part of our two day event. We started Friday with a tour of the Cornell Research Facility which is located at Little Moose Lake. Venetia and others learned about the 60 plus year history of coldwater fisheries research that has been done by Cornell in partnership with ALA members, most notably the Adirondack League Club. Many thanks to Dan Josephson for providing a first-rate experience.
From there we visited a recent timber harvest location on the ALC property, where the ALC’s Forester, Kevin Virkler, explained the many aspects of scientific forestry to the tour participants. We were joined on the Friday outing by Brendan Quirion, Program Manager for the Invasive Species program at the Nature Conservancy. Brendan and his co-worker Zack Simek helped to educate folks about certain invasive plants and how to prevent their spread or treat infestations that occur.
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 our own Dr. Ross Whaley.
Ross has been a fixture on the Adirondack scene for many years with a long list of accomplishments and contributions…he was certainly deserving of the Stewardship Award. We were also honored to have Venetia Lannon address our members after dinner and share some thoughts on her experiences on Friday and her appreciation for the stewardship role played by our members in the Adirondacks.
We had a number of special guests including NYS Senator Betty Little, APA Chairman Sherman Craig, DEC Region 5 Director, Bob Stegemann, Fred Monroe, Executive Director of the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board, Matt Simpson, new President of the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, Ron Moore, Supervisor from North Hudson, Steve Hamilton, Inspector General for the NYS Comptroller, Ed Griesmer, Executive Director, Adirondack Lakes Alliance, Tony Wilkinson, DEC Director of Fish and Wildlife and Eric Siy, Executive Director for The Fund for Lake George.
Our Saturday morning meeting featured a presentation by Brendan and Zach from APIPP about their work on invasive species, Fred Monroe talked about the Land Bank amendment, John Bartow, head of the Empire State Forest Products Association spoke about the Empire Forests for the Future program and the long awaited 480b forest tax law. Tony Wilkinson rounded out the morning wit information about DEC’s efforts to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease [CWD] in the whitetail deer herds of NYS. This was followed by the membership business portion of our meeting and a delicious lunch.
The ALA spring meeting is scheduled for the first weekend in May 2018 at Minnowbrook Conference Center in Blue Mountain Lake.