2019 Northeastern Alpine Stewardship Gathering Program

11th Northeastern Alpine Stewardship Gathering

October 25-27, 2019

High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid, NY

Friday, October 25th there will be a pre-Gathering reception and opening presentation by Tom Butler, Tompkins Conservation.

Tom Butler is the vice president for conservation advocacy for Tompkins Conservation and past board president of Northeast Wilderness Trust, a regional land trust. A conservationist and writer, his books include Wildlands Philanthropy, Plundering Appalachia, Protecting the Wild, and Energy: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth. His book Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (“OVER” for short), is a photo-format volume depicting how human numbers and behavior are transforming the Earth. Butler co-curated the 2017 exhibit, “Douglas R. Tompkins: On Beauty” at the David Brower Center in Berkeley and coauthored the companion book On Beauty: Douglas R. Tompkins—Aesthetics and Activism, about the way that beauty was an animating force in the life and work of Doug Tompkins, founder of Tompkins Conservation.

Ben Lawhon joined the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics staff in 2001 where he serves as the Education Director. His current responsibilities include research, curriculum development, management of national education and training programs, agency relations, and oversight of national outreach efforts. Previously he worked as the Associate Regional Representative for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in Asheville, North Carolina. While with ATC he was responsible for trail management, volunteer training, oversight of numerous regional programs and trail crews, and federal agency relationships. He has also worked as an American Canoe Association whitewater-kayak and swiftwater rescue instructor. Ben has served on numerous national and regional non-profit boards. He has a B.S. in Natural Resources Management from the University of Tennessee and an M.S. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University. Ben is an avid outdoor enthusiast, spending as much time as possible in our wild spaces.

Saturday, October 26th the Gathering will consist of presentations, tabling, posters and networking all day. After dinner, the Guy Waterman Alpine Stewardship Award will be presented. The keynote speaker is Ben Lawhon, Education Director for Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

Sunday, October 27th will be field trips from ADK’s Heart Lake Program Center. Participants need to select field trip preference when registering at the conference (trip sizes are limited). Please bring necessary clothing and gear to spend a full day in inclement mountain weather.