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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

Two Adirondack Park big green groups consider merger

Two of the Adirondack Park's most prominent environmental groups are considering a merger or some other kind of partnership. The Residents Committee to Protect the Adirondacks and the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks made the announcement on Monday. As Brian Mann reports, the talks were prompted in part by hard economic times that have squeezed non-profit groups.  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

"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
Eliot Spitzer, who leads the governor's race
Eliot Spitzer, who leads the governor's race

Spitzer offers glimpse of Adirondack plan

An environmental group's questionnaire has prompted the first real insight into Eliot Spitzer's plans for the Adirondack Park. Spitzer is the breakaway frontrunner in the governor's race. He responded this week to questions submitted by the Residents Committee to Protect the Adirondacks. In his answers, Spitzer rejects the idea of privatizing state-run ski centers in North Creek and Wilmington. Spitzer calls for tighter controls on water quality in the park, writing, "I support restricting development along shorelines to ensure that leaking septic systems do not contaminate surface water." Spitzer also says he'll explore the idea of creating a single Empire State Development Zone for the Park and says he'll organize an advisory group to shape state transportation projects inside the blue line. Peter Bauer heads the Residents Committee, which gathered the list of questions from locals living across the park. He spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
Adk Explorer Editor Phil Brown
Adk Explorer Editor Phil Brown

Article Examines "Big 4" Adk Green Groups

In the latest issue of the Adirondack Explorer, editor Phil Brown profiles the "big four" environmental groups that operate inside the Park. Brown compares the history and the agendas of the Adirondack Council, the Residents Committee to Protect the Adirondacks, the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, and the Adirondack Mountain Club. Brown spoke with Brian Mann about the ways that green groups collaborate on environmental issues and the feuds that sometime make cooperation difficult.  Go to full article

Cedarlands Conservation Deal Near Long Lake Draws Praise, Raises Eyebrows

Conservation groups in the Adirondacks are praising a deal that will protect more than four thousand acres of forest and shoreline near Long Lake. But the project also allows a prominent environmentalist to buy a 60-acre piece of shoreline property. As Brian Mann reports, a plan to build a private home on the parcel has drawn sharp criticism:  Go to full article

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