Behind the Loon - Meet Bryan Wilcenski!

By Bryan Wilcenski - Conservation Intern
Tuesday, June 25, 2024

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Briefly Describe Your Role At The Council 

As this year’s Clarence Petty Conservation Intern, I will be working with the conservation team to advocate for sustainable use and stewardship of the lands and waters within and without the Adirondack Park. I will be focusing primarily on farms and forests, but I hope to help out wherever I can to further the conservation team's efforts. 

Bryan paddles a canoe on Paradox LakeIt's 5:00 on a Friday and you're leaving the office for the weekend. Where are you going, what are you doing?  

My ideal Friday afternoon involves immersing myself in the Park’s natural spaces for an excursion of some sort--I’m not picky about what I’m doing or where I’m going, as long as I can get outside. Fortunately, I have learned of new places to hike, bike, paddle and climb each week (in large part from the staff at the Council) and intend to keep exploring new areas all summer.  

Bryan checking the DBH of sugar maple treesWhat's one thing people don't know about the Adirondacks, but should? 

There is so much to do outside of the park’s natural spaces! Up until a few weeks ago I only knew the park as a visitor. Like millions of others, I passed through towns and hamlets but could never stay long enough to get to know the communities. It took only a few weeks of living in the area and a couple helpful friends to get involved in weekly beach volleyball, potluck dinners, and plenty of live music. If you engage with the local communities, you don’t need to travel to the heart of the high peaks for some great weekend plans.  

Standing on shore next to a small boatWhat is one issue that we are engaged in that means a lot to you? 

I am most passionate about the Adirondack Council’s continued work with farms and forests. With carbon budgets playing a critical role in state and federal policy, these lands are at the crux of U.S. conservation. Importantly, responsible stewardship of timberland and agricultural land will necessitate supporting and advocating for both the resources themselves and the people that act as stewards. It will be interesting to see how the work develops and expands the Council’s reach to protect Adirondack waters, wildlife, and communities.   

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