Promoting Sustainability of Ownership and Stewardship of Private Lands in the Adirondacks Since 1990.
The Adirondack Landowners Association is focused on the unique responsibilities, challenges and opportunities of owning private land in a region that in both principle and practice is a park. Learn more. Consider joining today.
Support Needed for Forest Tax Law Reform
The ALA, along with a coalition of supporters has been working for several years to make real changes in public support for forest landowners in NYS. Last year the Governor announced his Empire Forests for the Future program, but it has yet to happen. Recently a group of NYS Senators sent a letter to the Governor asking him to make this a priority for the upcoming session. To help support this effort, ALA sent a letter to the Governor endorsing their request and offering our support and help to make this a reality. We need to support the efforts of these Senators and the others who have worked so hard trying to make this happen…so, we encourage all ALA members to write/call the Governor and your local Senate and Assembly representative and ask them to support these efforts.
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Constitutional Amendment Approved
Voters across New York State approved a 250-acre land bank that will allow communities in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks far more flexibility to tackle local public works projects. The vote was surprisingly close, despite near universal support for the ballot question from green groups, local government leaders, and a bipartisan coalition of state lawmakers. The Adirondack Landowners Association worked very hard with the other stakeholders to make this a reality.
The constitutional amendment will set aside 250 acres for communities to use for projects that support health, public safety and community improvement, such as bike paths, new bridges and culverts or water lines. Additionally, 250 acres will be added to the Forest Preserve to make up for what is allocated to the land bank.
The ALA applauds all those who helped make this possible.
ALA Presents 2017 Stewardship Award
The highlight of the annual fall meeting, held at the Adirondack League Club, was the presentation of our 2017 ALA Stewardship Award to Dr. Ross Whaley. Ross has been part of the Adirondack scene for many years and his contribution to our membership has been significant. He has served as Chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency and was instrumental in creating the Common Ground Alliance. In addition to the normal framed tribute the ALA presented Ross with a custom made fly rod provided by the JP Ross Co. Given his love of trout fishing it will most likely get lots of use. There were also letters of recognition from Governor Cuomo, Senator Betty Little, Assemblyman Dan Stec and a host of others. There was little doubt as to the respect and admiration the Adirondack community has for Ross…we couldn’t agree more.
FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE ALA
THOMAS E. WILLIAMS, December 2017
As I write this many of you are working on last minute holiday shopping and planning for time with family and friends. Some of us may even have a white Christmas this year, especially if your travels take you to the Adirondacks.
2017 was a successful year for the ALA, we hosted two well attended meetings; the Spring Meeting at Minnowbrook Conference Center and our traditional Fall Meeting at the Adirondack League Club. We also presented our ALA Stewardship Award to Dr. Ross Whaley in recognition of his many years of service to our organization and to the Adirondack Park. Ross stepped down in August and we now have Kim Finnigan serving as Counsel for the ALA.
We played an important role in the passage of the Constitutional Amendment in November that created a Health and Safety Land Account. The ALA along with many other stakeholders and local government groups helped make this a reality. It was a great collaborative effort, that will hopefully provide many benefits to rural communities throughout the Adirondack and Catskill Parks.
ALA has continued to be a leader in the fight against invasive species on a variety fronts. We still work with the NYS County Clerks Association providing literature and signage to help educate citizens across NYS, about the threat of aquatic invasive species. Our board and membership also play a role in efforts to monitor and treat the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid.
At our fall meeting I made an announcement to the members present that I was stepping down as President effective at the end of 2017. It has been an honor and a pleasure to have served in this position for the last 6 and half years. I have made a lot of new friends and hopefully made a difference in creating more awareness for the unique stewardship contributions that ALA members make in the Adirondacks. It is my hope that the Adirondack Landowners Association will continue to be a leader in protecting the private property rights of our members along with working to create a better understanding for the special role that we play in the Adirondacks.
I wish all of you a safe, happy and healthy holiday season…and an even better 2018.
The 2017 ALA Fall Meeting
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 with 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.
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.