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I Love the Wrong Saatchi

June 5th, 2007 · No Comments · Destination Marketing

Seems I might have been duped and got a fake Saatchi.

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If NYC can do paddling, so can we

June 4th, 2007 · No Comments · Destination Marketing

Amy has an interesting piece about kayaking in The City. NYC paddling? Yup.

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DEC Appointment Has Broad Impact

May 9th, 2007 · 4 Comments · News

Here’s an significant bit from the Post-Star regarding the appointment of Elizabeth Lowe as Director of DEC Region 5:

Typically, the regional director represents the DEC on boards of the Adirondack Park Agency, Olympic Development Authority and Lake Champlain Basin Commission.

First, let’s take a look at Region 5:

New York State DEC RegionsRegion 5 includes three-quarters of the Adirondack Park; over two million acres of Forest Preserve land; 5500 acres of state forests lands, 4500 acres of wildlife management lands, more than 3,400 lakes and ponds ranging in size from high altitude ponds of an acre or less to water bodies the size of Lake Champlain; 856 miles of Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers; over 530,000 year-round residents in 6 cities, 36 villages and 117 towns and millions of people that enjoy visiting and recreating in the Adirondack Mountains and surrounding areas.

That by itself is a JOB. Not to mention taking the helm of a ship run by hardened civil service veterans (Lowe used to work at DEC). I don’t believe anything there will be a surprise, but now she has to be the boss. Those other three responsibilities bear a further look.

While not officially a member of the Adirondack Park Agency Board of Directors, the Region 5 head has traditionally served as the designee of the DEC Commissioner. This is convenient as DEC Commissioner Grannis will more than likely rely on Ms. Lowe’s guidance for most things Adirondack anyway.

The Adirondack Park Agency administers the Adirondack Park Agency Act (Executive Law, article 27), the Freshwater Wetlands Act (Environmental Conservation Law, article 24) within the Adirondack Park and, for private lands within the Adirondack Park, the Wild Scenic and Recreational Rivers System Act (Environmental Conservation Law, article 15, title 27).

If your local, the importance of the APA seat needs no explanation. Otherwise, have a look at the Agency Regulations. It’s fair to say that most human endeavors within the Blue Line are regulated in some way by the APA.

Same deal with ORDA (Olympic Regional Development Authority) which has the “mandate to manage and promote the sports facilities used to host the 1980 Olympic Winter Games.” She’ll again be Grannis’ representative on this very important board.

Lake Champlain Basin MapLess known is the Lake Champlain Basin Program. This is another regional organization with a huge jurisdiction – parts of New York, Vermont, and Quebec. I’ve had the pleasure of working with the LCBP and can say that it is a super group of folks with a really important mission. Again, Ms. Lowe will be sitting on the Steering Committee of this organization.

The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) works in partnership with government agencies from New York, Vermont, and Quebec, private organizations, local communities, and individuals to coordinate and fund efforts which benefit the Lake Champlain Basin’s water quality, fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, recreation, and cultural resources.

My past interactions with Betsy Lowe have all been positive, but I must admit to having little knowledge of her background outside of her leadership in the creation and administration of the Wild Center. If you’ve ever visited the museum, you might say that it could be representative of her organizational style and philosophy about the Forest Preserve. It all sounds like an immense challenge, and I’m pretty sure this new addition to the mix will create some interesting new energies. Heh, heh.

This is a huge appointment for the Adirondacks and Betsy Lowe. Congratulations to Betsy and here’s wishing us all Good Luck!

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Grannis Names New Region 5 Head

May 9th, 2007 · No Comments · News

Breaking News – Commissioner Names Elizabeth Lowe to be Region 5 Director

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis today announced the selection of Elizabeth Lowe as the new Director for Region 5. DEC’s Region 5 includes Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties.

“Betsy will be a tremendous asset as we work with North Country communities to protect and enhance our natural resources, local economies, and increase recreational opportunities,” Commissioner Grannis said. “Her extensive experience in building strong partnerships, working to find common ground among multiple interests, and spearheading projects to increase public awareness and appreciation of the Adirondacks will play an integral role as we move forward.”

Ms. Lowe currently serves as Managing Director and Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, also known as “The Wild Center,” in Tupper Lake. Beginning in 1998, Ms. Lowe led the creation and development of the Wild Center, and since has been involved in the oversight of the museum’s budget, design and contractors, recruitment of staff, and program planning. In 2001, Ms. Lowe received the “Adirondack Communicator of the Year” award from the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board.

Prior to starting the Wild Center, Ms. Lowe served for nearly 20 years with DEC, building an extensive background in environmental management, community development, public relations, and administrative policy. Her positions at DEC included Citizen Participation Specialist, Environmental Management Specialist, and Mined Land Reclamation Specialist. While at DEC, Ms. Lowe worked with diverse interest groups and organizations including the Adirondack Council, New York State Conservation Council, Adirondack Economic Development Corporation, and the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, among others on cooperative initiatives including the Region 5 Open Space Conservation Advisory Committee recommendations.

Ms. Lowe graduated from Skidmore College, where she received her B.A. in Biology and Music, concentrating on the study of the mechanisms of plants, and received her Masters degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. While studying at Cornell, Ms. Lowe researched the state of the region’s natural attributes and resources in the Adirondack Park. She has lived for the past 22 years in the Adirondacks, currently in Lake Placid, and has family ties to the region going back more than 100 years.

As Regional Director, Ms. Lowe will be overseeing the activities of approximately 180 employees. Historically, the Regional Director has also served as the Commissioner’s representative in the Adirondack Park Agency, Olympic Regional Development Authority, and Lake Champlain Basin Commission, among other intergovernmental bodies. She will begin in her position on May 31, 2007, and will be working closely with staff from other regions, DEC’s Central Office, and other community and government partners. For more information about DEC’s regional offices, go to the Department’s website at .

DEC’s Region 5 includes three-quarters of the Adirondack Park; over two million acres of Forest Preserve land; 5,500 acres of state forests lands, 4,500 acres of wildlife management lands, more than 3,400 lakes and ponds ranging in size from high altitude ponds of an acre or less to water bodies the size of Lake Champlain; 856 miles of Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers; over 530,000 year-round residents in six cities, 36 villages and 117 towns and hosts millions of visitors to the Adirondack mountains and surrounding areas each year.

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Let me tell you about my Best Friend

May 8th, 2007 · 3 Comments · News

“Dreaming, just dreaming”.

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List of Grannis Opponents Continues to Grow

March 31st, 2007 · No Comments · News

Governor Spitzer’s choice for DEC Chief, Alexander “Pete” Grannis, continues to receive scrutiny from North Country and other organizations. And much of that scrutiny has resulted in negative recommendations. Fulton County in the Southern Adirondacks now joins others in opposing the nomination.

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