Thank you & Highlights from Forever Wild Day 2019

Thank you & Highlights from Forever Wild Day 2019

Thank you to the 250+ members, friends of the Adirondacks, conservation advocates and community members who joined us Saturday, July 13 to celebrate the collective successes of the Adirondacks during the Council’s Forever Wild Day Celebration at Cornell University’s Willsboro Research Farm. We are also grateful to the many who couldn’t attend but supported the event and to you for your ongoing support of the Adirondack Council.

We honored Kim Elliman as Conservationist of the Year for his exceptional conservation work with the Open Space Institute, and Sheri Amsel with a Special Recognition Award for her work illustrating and writing children’s books that inspire both children and adults to love nature, appreciate science, and support conservation in the Adirondacks and around the world.

Special thanks to Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul for joining us and speaking on the importance of a climate forward action for the next generation, and to Joe Martens for paying tribute to Kim Elliman for his lifetime of work preserving and advocating for the Adirondacks. Joe praised Kim as “three of his heroes rolled into one: he has Teddy Roosevelt’s intellect and drive, John Muir’s passion, and Gary Randorf’s heart.”

At the Annual Member’s meeting we bid a fond farewell to Board Director Sherry Nemmers who rotated off the Board after nine years of service. We also welcomed new Board members, Kurt Abrahamson and John Reschovsky in addition to returning Board members Ann Carmel and Lee Keet.

As Kim Elliman reflected on his 66 years of Adirondack experiences, he spoke of three historic stages to wilderness advocacy: Proposing Wilderness protection and adopting environmental legislation; attaining a balance of public and private lands in the Adirondack Park; and reimagining wilderness protection from current threats. His remarks made us all proud of our Adirondack heritage, optimistic about our shared impact, and inspired to leave the Adirondack Park even better for future generations.

THANK YOU for strengthening the voice of the Adirondack Council. Together we are preserving the water, air and wildlands of the Adirondack Park and ensuring it remains a national treasure today and for generations to come.

Forever Wild Day 2019

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