Adirondack Landowners give stewardship award to Cornell

WEBB - The Adirondack Landowners Association held its winter meeting Dec. 7 and 8 at the Adirondack League Club here.

Special guests included Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens, NYS Senator Betty Little, representatives from Cornell University and Dave Mason and Jim Herman from Adirondack Futures.

Martens spoke about a variety of DEC-related issues. He also recognized the efforts of private landowners in the Adirondack Park and specifically the ALA for their role in helping stop the spread of invasive species in the Adirondacks and throughout New York state.

According to ALA President Tom Williams, the association was instrumental in getting the DEC and Department of Motor Vehicles to move forward with a plan to place inserts regarding invasive species in boat and trailer registration renewals mailed out by the state.

The commissioner also commented that the ALA has always brought “thoughtful and constructive” ideas and input to issues facing the Adirondacks.

Following Martens’ remarks, the ALA presented the 2012 Stewardship Award to Cornell University for its over 60 years of work with the Adirondack Fishery Research Program.

Cornell has a research field station located at the Adirondack League Club and has worked with a number of private landowners in the Adirondacks over the years. Its work led to the development of an acid tolerant strain of hybrid brook trout that is now stocked by the DEC throughout the Adirondacks.

Additionally, the program has contributed greatly to acid rain research and to other areas of ecosystem studies in the Adirondacks.

The ALA was founded to encourage continued stewardship and sound resource management of lands in the Adirondacks; to promote public awareness of the valuable role played by private landowners in the Adirondack Park; to advocate laws, regulations and governmental policies that promote and facilitate good stewardship by private landowners; and to recognize and preserve their rights in the land.

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