Adirondack Wild, a nonprofit devoted to wilderness and wild nature, presented its Wild Stewardship Award to Champlain Area Trails of Westport. Accepting the award for the organization was Executive Director Chris Maron and Board Chair Katharine Preston. Also to receive a stewardship award was John Davis of Essex, former conservation director of the Adirondack Council, former editor of Wild Earth, staff of the Foundation for Deep Ecology and land manager with the Eddy Foundation. Gary Randorf, former ecologist with the New York State Adirondack Park Agency, was presented with the Paul Schaefer Wilderness Award. He is also known for his work as executive director of the Adirondack Council, is a renowned wildland photographer, advocate and educator in a career spanning 40 years.
The Essex County Industrial Development Agency has announced the appointment of Matthew Courtright to their Board of Directors. He is executive director of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and has extensive experience in public relations, marketing, community development and outreach and tourism.
Adirondack Life magazine won 10 awards at the International Regional Magazine Association conference. Editor Annie Stoltie earned gold in the Column category, Bill Killon won silver in the Single Photograph category, art director Kelly Hofschneider received silver honors in overall art direction and silver for art direction of a single feature, “Michigans.” The feature about michigans also won silver in the food category with senior editor Niki Kourofsky as writer. David Sommerstein took silver in the Culture Features and Mark Hobson received an award of merit in the Photographic Series category for his feature on AuSable Forks. Mark Wilson won an award of merit in the Single Illustration category. “Our Towns” won an award of merit in the department category. Adirondacklife.com, re-launched in March, was given an award of merit in the Companion Website category.