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Two Adk green groups to consolidate; RCPA director stepping down

Two of the Adirondack Park's most influential environmental groups have agreed in principle to join forces. The Residents Committee and the Association say they hope to consolidate their operations by mid-summer. Meanwhile, the director of the RCPA says he's stepping down. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Breaking: Residents Committee, Association may merge

The Residents Committee to Protect the Adirondacks is considering a merger with the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks.

The RCPA and the Association made the announcement today, after NCPR contacted both organizations.

NCPR's reporting was prompted by rumors that the RCPA was in serious financial distress.

According to multiple sources, who spoke with NCPR on condition of anonymity, the veteran environmental organization has struggled financially.

In an interview today, RCPA executive director Michael Washburn acknowledged that the economy played a factor in the talks.

"It's no secret that thousands of non-profits around the country are exploring different models of operation going forward, given the larger global recession," Washburn said.

But he said the talks were prompted by "strategic interest in tackling some very important challenges for the Adirondacks."

"The discussions remain in their early stages," the prepared statement reads, "and the two organizations have set no deadlines.

The fundraising environment for non-profits has soured in recent months and critics have long argued that there are too many environmental organizations competing for scarce resources.

Association executive director David Gibson said the struggling economy was "a factor...but not the the factor."

Gibson said talks have been underway at a staff level for roughly a year. "It may not lead to a merger," he said.

The RCPA's voice has been unique in the Adirondacks, considered more confrontational by many activists and local government leaders.

RCPA formed in 1990. Its long-time director, Peter Bauer, stepped down in 2007. He was replaced by Washburn, who struck a more centrist tone.

According to both organizations, "an ad hoc exploratory committee of ten - five trustees from each organization - has been constituted."

NCPR will have more on this story this afternoon during All Before Five.  Go to full article

RCPA moving headquarters to Saranac Lake

The Residents' Committee to Protect the Adirondacks is moving to Saranac Lake from its longtime base in North Creek. After its longtime executive director, Peter Bauer, left last September to lead the Fund for Lake George, the RCPA hired a new executive director and plans to hire a conservation director soon. Jacob Resneck has details.  Go to full article

"Green" forester to head RCPA

One of the region's most influential environmental groups has a new leader. Michael Washburn, from Saratoga County, is taking over as head of the Residents Committee toProtect the Adirondacks. Washburn trained as a forester and after working with the US Forest Service has been a leading figure in the sustainable logging movement. Washburn told Brian Mann that encouraging green timber practices will be a growing part of the RCPA's role.  Go to full article
John Collins (Source: RCPA)
John Collins (Source: RCPA)

Collins: Residents Committee faces challenges, change

The Residents Committee to Protect the Adirondacks has emerged as one of the most influential (and often one of the most controversial) pro-environment groups in the North Country. The RCPA has taken a lead role opposing the proposed resort development in Tupper Lake and also raised early alarms about the spread of second homes in the Adirondacks. But the Residents Committee is going through a period of upheaval. Long-time executive director Peter Bauer resigned this month to take a new job in Lake George. John Collins is the former head of the Adirondack Museum and a former chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency. He was chosen last week to take over as the RCPA's chairman. Collins told Brian Mann that his group hopes to maintain its high profile.  Go to full article

Pro-Environment Group Sues APA, Town of Chester

A pro-environment group is suing the Adirondack Park Agency and the town of Chester in Warren County.  Go to full article

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