IMG_1111This project is a pro bono effort by Dave Mason and Jim Herman.  Dave and Jim ran a boutique strategic planning consulting firm through the 1990’s.  Their clients were large, global organizations as well as some government agencies.  This scenario development methodology was the core of their practice.  They sold the business in late 1999 and after a few years retired and moved to their vacation home in Keene, NY.  They have contributed to a number of non-profit and public improvement projects in their town, most notably the Town-Wide Broadband Project.The idea for the project came to us after reading “The Great Experiment in Conservation: Voices from the Adirondack Park” by William Porter, Jon Erickson and Ross Whaley.  In this compendium of essays we found a very divergent set of points of view about the Park’s past as well as its future.  We immediately recognized an opportunity to apply scenario planning.  We started interviewing people around the Park and through Ross Whaley were connected to the Common Ground Alliance, which invited us to present at their annual meeting in Long Lake on July 20, 2011.  We continued interviewing based on contacts made through Common Ground Alliance and started developing the full set of scenario development materials.  We also read a variety of reports, books and websites.  The sources are listed below.Interviewees or Materials Reviewers July, August and September 2011

Jeff Allott General Composites Inc. Founder, VP of New Products & Business Dev
Tim Barnett The Nature Conservancy Vice President
John Bartow NYS Tug Hill Commission Executive Director
Dick Beamish Adirondack Explorer Founder
John Bingham Wild Orchard Farm Owner
Cali Brooks Adirondack Community Trust Executive Director
Carol Brown NCCC President
Carol Calabrese Essex County IDA Co-Executive Director
Mike Carr ADK Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, ADK Land Trust Executive Director
John Collins Northern Forest Center Board Member
Sherm Craig ESF Ranger School Teacher
Ray Curran Adk Sustainable Communities Advisor
Jerry Delaney Adk Park Gov Review Board Chairman
Garry Douglas North Country C of C President and CEO
Lorraine Duvall Protect the Adirondacks Co-Chair
Steven Englehart Adk Architectural Heritage President
Steve Erman ANCA President of the Board
Meilissa Eisinger Adirondack Community Trust Communications and Donor Relations
Bill Farber Town of Morehouse Supervisor, Chair Hamilton County Board
Kate Fish ANCA Executive DIrector
Sam Fisk High Peaks Education Foundation Board President
Cynthia Ford-Johnston Keene Central School Superintendent
Ed Frantz NYSDOT Adirondack Park and Forest Preserve Manager
Susan Day Fuller Fuller Communications President
Dave Gibson Adirondack Wild Partner
Mark Hall Town of Fine Town Supervisor
Carol Hart AATV Executive Director
Greg Hart Workforce Dev Institute Regional Director
Sally Hart Wild Center Board Member
Greg Hill Adk Sustainable Communities Director
Allen Hipps Housing Assistance Program of Essex County Executive Director
Brian Houseal Adirondack Council Executive Director
Jim & Charity Marlatt Keene Board of Education Board Member, Resident
Heidi Kretser Wildlife Conservation Society Livelihoods & Conservation Coordinator
Amanda Lavigne St. Lawrence University Professor
George Leveille Lake Placid Lacrosse Co-Founder and Director
Betty Little State Senate Senator
Betsy Lowe NYS DEC Region 5 Director
Art Lussi APA Commissioner
Teri Martino APA Executive Director
Dan Mason ANCA Board Member
Vinny McClelland Adirondack Community Trust Co-Chair
Keith McKeever APA Public Information Officer
Jim McKenna ROOST Executive Director
John Mills Paul Smiths College President
Frederick Monroe Adk Park Local Government Review Board Executive Director
Ed Murphy Workforce Development Institute Executive Director
Megan Murphy AMC Strategic Planner
Howard Nelson Hudson Headwaters Health Network Executive Director
Peter Paine Champlain Bank Chairman
Stephanie Ratcliffe The Wild Center Executive Director
Karyn Richards NYS DEC Forest Preserve Coordinator
Jamie Rogers ANCA Energy Program Coordinator
Zoe Smith Wildlife Conservation Society Director, Adirondack Program
Kenneth Strike Cornell University Professor Emeritus
Stephen Svoboda ADK Lakes Center for the Arts Executive Director
David Thomas-Train Adirondack Fire Tower Association Executive Director
Leilani Ulrich APA Commissioner
John Warren Adirondack Almanack Founder, Editor
Ross Whaley Adk Landowners Association Senior Advisor
Dave Wolff Chair
Neil Woodworth Adk Mountain Club Executive Director
Nick Woodin Author
Gilda Wray Ausable Club President
Cecil Wray APA Commissioner


Adirondack Park Regional Assessment Project, published by AATV May 2009, updated August 2011

The Great Experiment in Conservation: Voices from the Adirondack Park, William Porter, Jon Erickson and Ross Whaley, Syracuse University Press, June 2009

The Other Endangered Species, Brian Mann, Adirondack Life, Sept/Oct 2011 page 36

The Adirondack Atlas: A Geographic Portrait of the Adirondack Park, Jerry Jenkins and Andy Keal, Syracuse University Press, April 2004

Climate Change in the Adirondacks, The Path to Sustainability, Jerry Jenkins, Wildlife Conservation Society, 2010

Contested Terrain: A New History of Nature and People in the Adirondack, Philip Terrie, Syracuse University Press, May 2008

Perspectives on the Adirondacks, Barbara McMartin, Syracuse University Press, 2002

Scenic Byways Market Trend Assessment, ANCA, June 2009

Letter to the Regional Economic Council of the North Country from the Adirondack Council,  Brian Houseal, August 26, 2011

Letter to the Regional Economic Council of the North Country: Suggestions for Creating Jobs and Economic Growth in the Adirondacks. Ernest E. (Lee) Keet, September 16, 2011

The 2010 Census and the Health of Adirondack Communities: an Update; Ken Strike Ph.D., Protect the Adirondack!, April 2, 2011

The Adirondack Park Regional Assessment Program: An Appraisal; Ken Strike Ph.D. and Lorraine Duvall Ph.D., Protect the Adirondacks!, June 19,2010

Why Cutting Community Health Center Funding Will Raise Health Care Costs. A report on the value of primary care; John Rugge, M.D. ,  prepared for Congressman Chris Gibson, Hudson Headwaters Health Network, July 2011

The Agricultural Creative Economy: Needs, Opportunities and Market Analysis.   A report to the Second Regular Session of the 123rd Legislature by the Maine Department of Agriculture, July 2008

Transforming New York Local Governments from the 18th to the 21st Century…The Carrot Before the Stick; Kenneth Bond, Squire, Sanders and Dempsey LLP, NY, NY, October 25, 2006

A Strategy for Regional Economic Resurgence, Recommendations of the Northern Forest Sustainable Economy Initiative, Joe Short, SEO Project Manager for the Northern Forest Council and the North Country Council, October 2008

Foothills 2020 Community and Economic Development Plan, prepared by residents of Bellmont, Burke, Constable and Chateaugay, NY,  January 2008

Blueprint for the Blue Line, The Common Ground Alliance, February 2008

Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board, Policy and Proposal Changes 2010

Adirondack Local Government Issues and Recommendations for Statutory and Constitutional Revisions, Adirondack Local Government Review Board, October 6, 2009

Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages 2011 Legislative Agenda

From the “The Adirondacks in the 2st Century” documents:

  • Adirondack Greenways: Opportunities for Recreation, Resource Protections and Appropriate Economic Development, Robert Quinn, Technical Report 14, The Adirondacks in the Twenty-First Century, Volume One.
  • Tourism in the Adirondack Park, Robert Quinn and Daniel Palm, Technical Report 27, The Adirondacks in the Twenty-First Century, Volume Two.
  • Agriculture in the Adirondack Park, Guy Hutt and Michelle Hutt, Technical Report 31, Technical Report 14, The Adirondacks in the Twenty-First Century, Volume Two.
  • Economic Development in the Adirondack Region Towards the Twenty-First Century, A Concept Paper, Shana Ratner, Technical Report 30, Technical Report 14, The Adirondacks in the Twenty-First Century, Volume Two.

From Environmental Advocates of NY

  • Forecast for NY: Projected Global Warming Impacts and Next Steps, November 2006
  • Climate Change: How Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Strengthens NY Business, July 2010
  • Stimulating Green:  A Search for Dirt in NY’s Share of the Federal Stimulus Turns Up Some Green, January 2011

We have been pointed at and used an enormous number of websites, particularly related to climate change.  We have not kept of running set of links to all these.

Vermont has come up repeatedly in our interviews and we suggest this particular website related to Vermont’s effort to draw businesses to relocate there:

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