The Adirondack Research Consortium is pleased to announce that longtime Adirondack ecologist Ray Curran will receive the 2017 Elizabeth Thorndike Adirondack Achievement Award at the 24th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks, May 24th and 25th, 2017 at the Conference Center at Lake Placid. “We are pleased to recognize Ray’s work in natural resource protection and community revitalization in the Adirondacks which embodies the spirit of this award”, said Dan Spada, President of the Adirondack Research Consortium. Ray is a professional ecologist, having worked for the Adirondack Park Agency for 31 years before entering the private sector in 2004. He has a varied community activity past, serving as President of Ausable Valley Habitat for Humanity, in the Adirondack Council of the Boy Scouts of America, as a Trustee for the Adirondack Nature Conservancy, and a founding director of Adirondack Sustainable Communities. Recently he served as a volunteer participating with Northern Forest Atlas Project, the Common Ground Alliance – Blueprint for the Blue Line, land use planning with the Town of North Elba, and recreation planning for the Town of Wilmington.
The Dr. Elizabeth W. Thorndike Adirondack Achievement Award is named for Liz Thorndike for her many contributions to the Adirondack Research Consortium and the Adirondack community. Liz has spent her professional career in the nonprofit and education sectors, and in public policy positions concerned with the environment at the local, state, and federal levels.
The Elizabeth Thorndike Adirondack Achievement Award is given annually to an individual who has demonstrated significant contributions to the long term sustainability of the Adirondack Park through scholarship, research, and policy initiatives. Past awardees include Barbara Bedford, Cornell University; Jerry Jenkins, Wildlife Conservation Society; Barbara McMartin, Adirondack author; and, Eileen Allen, SUNY Plattsburgh.
The Award will be presented during the Award Luncheon at 12:00 on May 25th, 2017 at the Conference Center at Lake Placid. To register to attend, go to www.adkresearch.org/conference.