Kathleen Regan of Keene, New York, a natural resource planner for the Adirondack Park Agency, has been awarded the 2013 Guy Waterman Alpine Steward Award for her work founding the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship program. Regan will be presented the Alpine Steward Award at The Northeast Alpine Stewardship Gathering, The Alpine: Bellwether of Change, at the Sargent Center in Hancock, New Hampshire, during the Nov. 2 evening program.
The conference, hosted by the Monadnock Ecological Research and Education (MERE) Project and the Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England (AUNE), will be held Nov. 1-3. Keynote speakers are Mike Jones and Liz Willey, biologists with the Massachusetts Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit and University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Amy Seidl, lecturer in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont.
About Kathleen Regan
Kathleen Regan’s stewardship work began with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Pennsylvania followed by the Adirondack Chapter of TNC, where she managed its system of preserves, biological monitoring of rare species, legal compliance of conservation easements, and writing conservation plans for ecologically significant areas.
As part of a group interested in educating the hiking public about the fragility of rare alpine species, she helped create the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Steward program, a partnership of the Adirondack Mountain Club, the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. She oversaw the program for fourteen years.
Regan joined the Adirondack Park Agency in 2008. She works with the State Lands Team on forest preserve projects, including unit management plans, state land permits, and state land classification packages.
About The Waterman Fund
The Waterman Fund awards the Steward Award each year to a person or organization who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to protecting the physical and spiritual qualities of the Northeast’s mountain wilderness. It is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization. Its objective is to strengthen the human stewardship of the open summits, exposed ridgelines, and alpine areas of the Northeast. The Fund has supported projects by AUNE, the Adirondack Mountain Club, Appalachian Mountain Club, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Dartmouth Outing Club, Green Mountain Club, Randolph Mountain Club, Vermont Center for Ecostudies, and Acadia National Park.
About the Monadnock Ecological Research and Education (MERE) Project
The Monadnock Ecological Research and Education (MERE) Project was initiated in 2007 by Professor Peter Palmiotto and graduate students in the Department of Environmental Studies. Through collaborative partnerships with Monadnock State Park, The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, The Monadnock Advisory Commission, and the Town of Jaffrey, the MERE Project promotes informed use and fosters appreciation of Mount Monadnock through ecological research, monitoring, and educational outreach.