Behind the Loon: Meet Becky Sutter!

What's your role at the Council? 

My role at the Council is through the grant-funded Headwaters Coordinator position for which we’re partnering with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in an effort to bring together the communities that make up the headwaters communities in the Raquette River Watershed.

It's 5:00 on a Friday, and you're leaving the office for the weekend. Where are you going? What are you doing?  

I'm lucky enough to have my office in the forested wilderness of Paul Smith’s College. I’m probably walking over to the PSC VIC to take a jog on the Logger’s Loop to unwind. Maybe I’ll take a sidetrack to Black Pond before I head over the Mountain to my home in Jay. I don’t have to plan my weekends or non-workdays because as an outdoor enthusiast, I live and work in the most amazing place in the world.

What's one thing people don't know about the Adirondacks, but should?  

Everyone needs to recognize the hardworking individuals that make up our communities. Many of us have a strong passion for preserving the natural beauty of the Park, and it can be frustrating when others don't share that same sentiment or want to alter our shared wilderness without reaching a consensus. Additionally, life here is far from easy. Throughout history, the Adirondacks have presented their fair share of challenges to those who have settled here, and some of them persist.

What is one issue that we are engaged in that means a lot to you? 

My natural response to this is clean water. It seems so generic to say “clean water,” but water is essential to who I am. The Council has taken a bold stance in fighting for clean water. Through initiatives such as acid rain and road salt reduction programs to securing funding for wastewater treatment systems and clean water infrastructure, the Council has demonstrated relentless determination to protect the Park's water resources.

Becky Sutter

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