Symposium on Conservation of Private Lands in the Adirondacks

Join us on Wednesday July 27, 2016 at 6:30 pm at Heaven Hill Farm, 302 Bear Cub Lane in Lake Placid for a presentation and panel discussion on conservation of private lands in the Adirondacks.

Lake Placid Land Conservancy is hosting a panel discussion about conservation and stewardship opportunities on private lands in the Lake Placid region. Through a recent mapping initiative, LPLC identified important land use characteristics and attributes (including important ecological and economic characteristics) on almost 100,000 acres of private lands in the region. LPLC staff will provide an overview of its mapping initiative and staff from the Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, and Adirondack Council will serve as panelists and discuss land uses, approaches to conservation and stewardship, and biological monitoring on private lands within the Adirondack Park.

This event is open to the public.

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Directions to Heaven Hill Farm, 302 Bear Cub Lane, Lake Placid, NY

From Albany and Keene and points south: Interstate 87 North to exit 30. Take a left onto Route 73 to Keene Valley and Keene. Continue on Route 73 toward Lake Placid. Once in Lake Placid bear LEFT just past the Ski Jumps onto Old Military Road. At 0.7miles, turn LEFT onto Bear Cub Lane. Drive 1.5 miles to Heaven Hill Farm, which will be on your right. Continue up the long driveway to the farmhouse.

From Saranac Lake and points west: Take Route 86 towards Lake Placid. Look for sign to the Olympic Ski Jumps and turn RIGHT onto Old Military Road. At about 3 miles (just past Olympic Training Center on your left and Uihlein Mercy Center on your right), turn RIGHT onto Bear Cub Lane. Drive 1.5 miles to Heaven Hill Farm, which will be on your right. Continue up the long driveway to the farmhouse.

From Wilmington and points north: Take Route 86 to Lake Placid and turn LEFT at the traffic light onto Route 73. At 0.6 miles bear RIGHT at Gaddy’s Corner Store, then at 0.1 miles turn LEFT onto Church Street. Follow Church Street to stop sign. Continue across Street (Old Military Road) to Bear Cub Lane. Drive 1.5 miles to Heaven Hill Farm, which will be on your right. Continue up the long driveway to the farmhouse.

Symposium Agenda

  1. Introduction / overview of private lands in Lake Placid region. Jeff Graff, LPLC.

Jeff will provide an introduction to the concept of fragmentation and parcelization and review some land use characteristics identified on private lands in the Lake Placid region based on LPLC’s recent Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping initiative. He will also review general options for conservation on private lands, including conservation easements and stewardship management plans such as 480-A and review the design characteristics of a new LPLC conservation easement in Jay, N.Y.

  1. The Staying Connected Initiative: Functional landscape connectivity throughout the Northern Appalachians. Chris Jage, TNC

TNC Adirondacks in conjunction with 28 partners in five States and four Canadian Provinces are working with landowners to ensure that the forests and waters of the Northern Appalachian region are healthy and connected in a way that allows for natural wildlife migration patterns and to bolster their resilience in the face of climate change.  The implementation of this project involves everything from direct land preservation to enhanced private lands management to re-thinking our transportation infrastructure.

  1. Using Regional Science to Enhance Conservation on Private Lands in the Northeastern US. Michale Glennon, WCS

The Wildlife Conservation Society Adirondack Program has worked for more than a decade to understand the unique issues associated with wildlife on private lands in the park and beyond.  We have learned from a number of field and GIS-based studies of the importance of private land to wildlife in this landscape and the ways in which wildlife are impacted by the choices we make about its use and management.  WCS works closely with the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NALCC), a partnership of states, tribes, federal agencies, NGOs, and other species partnerships and one of 22 LCCs nationwide working cooperatively to address increasing land use pressures and widespread resource threats and uncertainties amplified by a changing climate.  Across 12 states and portions of eastern Canada, the NALCC is supporting the development of a number of regional datasets that have tremendous power for informing conservation on private lands in the Northeast.  I will highlight examples of these regional datasets and discuss the ways in which we are working with NALCC to enhance their availability and use in this region.  As a part of this project, we have developed case studies for a number of towns in northern NY State to demonstrate how these publicly available data can be used to identify important conservation features at the town level.  I will highlight North Elba as an example and explain how we hope to make this information available for all towns who may find it useful.      

  1. Why conserving private lands matters within the Adirondack Park. Rocci Aguirre, Adirondack Council

Private land conservation provides landowners a valuable tool to manage and steward the places that are most personal to them.  While much of the conservation discussion in the Adirondacks has typically focused on large state projects, either through easement and acquisitions, the future of private land protection will be small-scale, local or regional in scope, and be far more focused on conservation elements at the community level.

  1. Panel discussion: Q&A
  1. Hors d’oeuvre and refreshments

Panelist Biographies

Jeffrey Graff, Lake Placid Land Conservancy

 As a conservation practitioner, Jeff has spent the last ten years of his career developing strategies, structures and policies for regional land and watershed conservation organizations.  Prior to being appointed executive director of the Lake Placid Land Conservancy, Jeff served as the easement program director for the Watershed Agricultural Council (WAC) in Walton, NY, where he managed a regional conservation easement program dedicated to conserving agricultural and forest lands in the New York City watershed. Jeff has also conducted research in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and taught political science at Montana State University.

Christopher Jage, Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy

Chris serves as the Land Protection Manager for the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and the Adirondack Land Trust. Prior to this, he worked for the New Jersey Conservation Foundation as their Assistant Director for South Jersey where he was responsible for the land protection activities in the New Jersey Pine Barrens and surrounding areas. He also has worked as a Wilderness Manager with the Bureau of Land Management in Yuma, Arizona and as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Guatemala. He holds a BS in Environmental Resource Management from Penn State and an MS from Virginia Tech in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences.

Michale Glennon, Wildlife Conservation Society

As Science Director for the Adirondack Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society, Michale serves a leading role in the ecological research conducted by WCS in the Adirondacks. Her research interests lie primarily at the intersection between land use management and ecological integrity, with a number of projects ranging from the impacts of low density, exurban development on wildlife to the potential changes to Adirondack lowland boreal bird communities resulting from climate change. Michale joined WCS in 2003 after completing a Ph.D. at the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry where she explored the effects of land use management on bird and small mammal communities in the Adirondack Park. Michale serves on the advisory board of the Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station, the Technical Advisory Committee for the Adirondack Park Agency, the Biodiversity Conservation Advisory Committee for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Avian Taxonomic Working Group of the Adirondack All-Taxa Biodiversity Inventory, and the Paul Smiths College Fisheries and Wildlife Science Advisory Board

Rocci Aguirre, Adirondack Council

Rocci is the Director of Conservation for the Adirondack Council and is responsible for the design, implementation, and leadership of the Council’s conservation program.  Primary duties focus on public land-use planning, natural resource management, and environmental policy within the Adirondack Park.  Rocci graduated from SUNY Cortland in 1995 and holds a MS in Resource Management and Conservation from Antioch University New England. His 21 years in conservation work includes years working as a ranger with the National Park Service, overseeing land protection efforts in NY and NH, field work with Trout Unlimited, and the past 3.5 years with the Council.