Spring Meeting Information
ALA’s New Members
ALA Spring Membership Meeting
As I write this, winter is still holding on in most of the north-country. Quite a change from the record warm weather and early spring we had this time last year. But, it won’t be long before the ice and snow are gone and we get to enjoy another beautiful spring in the Adirondacks…black flies included!
2012 was a busy year for the ALA…we had two very successful membership meetings, added some new members and we were able to have a meaningful impact on invasive species education and prevention. Our spring meeting was highlighted by a visit from NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, and this was followed by DEC Commissioner Joe Marten’s attendance at the winter meeting. Communicating with the leadership in Albany and "educating" them on the unique role we play in the Adirondacks is critical to our success as an organization.
Our stewardship efforts have always been the cornerstone of our organization and all of us take great pride in our role as exemplary private stewards of Adirondack lands and waters. Through our efforts working with the DEC and DMV we were instrumental in getting Invasive Species educational inserts placed in boat and trailer renewal mailers on a state wide basis. This effort will soon be reinforced by several other ALA initiatives to expand public awareness through education. There will be additional information on our efforts to expand Invasive Species education at our spring meeting in May.
When I became President in 2011 there were three specific goals on my agenda; Education, Communication and Participation. I truly believe that education may be the most important of the three…because even with all the work done by us and other stakeholder groups there is still so much more to be accomplished. Many legislators and public officials really don’t understand the Adirondacks….and the "educational gap" extends to the general public as well. I’m sure we can all think of conversations we have had with folks who have huge misconceptions about "The Park". Hopefully, we can work to close that gap, through better public awareness of the unique role that private landowners play. I’m convinced our efforts in regards to Invasive Species education and prevention will really make a difference as we move forward.
I am optimistic that 2013 will be another great year for the ALA and all of its members. Hope to see many of you at the May meeting in Blue Mt. Lake.
Get Your New ALA Pin with Gift Box!
It's been almost 20 years since the first ALA pins were produced...this new edition is sure to be a hit with everyone. The pins are available in a custom engraved presentation box for $20 or $15 separately. We have a limited quantity available, so be sure to contact Ingrid to purchase yours now!!
Many thanks to Peter Bertine for helping to get these new pins for our members.