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March 3, 2014

New leadership at Ausable River Association

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WILMINGTON —

POTENTIAL FUNDING

Watershed research provides key data, feeding into New York Rising Community Reconstruction Programs underway in Jay and Keene.

Community Reconstruction strategy is due to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in April and could draw $3 million for revitalization and mitigation strategy to protect residents and businesses in Jay and Keene from future flooding events.

‘PASSION FOR RIVER’

River Association Board Chairman Larry Master said Tucker will provide for a smooth transition.

“Kelley brings a depth of knowledge of the organization, the watershed and our partners that would be hard to find elsewhere. 

“She has a passion for the river and this place that will be an excellent foundation for her work to strengthen both ecosystem health and community vitality.”

Tucker is from Upper Jay and has spent 20 years working with nonprofit conservation groups. 

She was a vice president with the International Crane Foundation and helped found the American Bird Conservancy’s Pesticides and Birds Campaign, based in Washington, D.C.

NEW BOARD MEMBERS

In addition, Master said in a news release, the volunteer Board of Directors has gained four new members: Evan Bottcher, owner of the Hungry Trout Fly Shop in Wilmington; Liz Clarke, a community and conservation lands planning specialist from North Elba; Raymond Curran, a wetlands scientist in Wilmington; and Rocco Giampaolo, an environmental civil engineer from Jay.

“These new board members add critical technical skills and local knowledge to our effort to protect and restore the Ausable River,” Master said.

They join six other members to form a 10-person board. Currently serving in three-year terms are: Christian Brammer of Keene; Robert Farkas of Jay; Susan Lacy of Keene; Master, who is from North Elba; Kara Page of Wilmington; and Warren Radcliffe of Keene.

Email Kim Smith Dedam at: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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