Governor George E. Pataki and State Senator Hugh T. Farley have announced $100,000 in State funding to
assist in the completion of the Center for the Forest Preserve and
Adirondack Research Library located in the Town of Niskayuna, Schenectady
County at the former residence of the noted conservationist Paul Schaefer.
Mr. Schaefer passed away in 1996 at the age of 87.
The Governor made the announcement in conjunction with the official
dedication ceremony for the new Center, which takes place this evening.
"Paul Schaefer was one of the leading conservationists of the 20th century,
working tirelessly for the protection of his beloved Adirondacks throughout
his long and distinguished career," Governor Pataki said. "Paul would be
proud that his legacy of accomplishment and his extraordinary library of
works on all aspects of the Adirondack Park will now be permanently
preserved to inspire and lead the conservationists of the 21st Century."
The Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks (The Association) is
restoring the Schaefer home, built by Mr. Schaefer himself, and has
constructed a 4,000 square-foot library to house the Association's
Adirondack Research collection, a unique and valuable collection of works
depicting the natural, cultural and political history of the Adirondack and
David Gibson, Executive Director of the Association for the Protection of
the Adirondacks, said, "The State funding that the Governor announced in
2002 and this wonderful new announcement combine to make $350,000 available
to complete a $1.6 million capital project. This impressive commitment by
the Governor and the State of New York will continue to inspire private
donations to this Conservation Center and Library."
The Association's Campaign Co-Chairman Joe Martens said, "We are very
grateful to the Governor, Lt. Governor, Department of Environmental
Conservation and others for recognizing our Center as deserving of public
support. It will enhance awareness and education about the Adirondack
region, its conservation and cultural history and the magnificent woods,
waters and wildlife of the New York State Forest Preserve."
Senator Hugh T. Farley said, "Paul Schaefer was a truly remarkable man, a
steward of the Adirondacks, and an inspiration to all who care about our
environment. His home and personal library, preserved and expanded by his
friends and admirers, is the physical manifestation of his legacy to New
Yorkers. As an admirer of Paul Schaefer, a fellow denizen of the
Adirondacks, and a Niskayuna neighbor of the Paul Schaefer House, I deeply
appreciate Governor Pataki's commitment and assistance to this project."
Assemblyman James Tedisco said, "All New Yorkers, and especially residents
of Schenectady County, owe a debt of gratitude to our former neighbor, Paul
Schaefer, who dedicated his life to the protection of the Adirondacks. We
are proud that the Center for the Preservation of the Forest Preserve and
Adirondack Research Library, housed in Mr. Schafer's home in Niskayuna,
preserves his legacy, continues his work and is open to all who believe in
conservation of our natural resources. I thank Governor George Pataki for
his commitment of $100,000 to this outstanding center."
Luke Smith Niskayuna Town Supervisor said, "The Town of Niskayuna is
pleased for the Governor's continued support of the Town of Niskayuna and
the Schaefer House. We feel that the research center will continue to
protect the wonderful Adirondack and Catskill Region that we share."
Among the goals of the Center and the Library are to advance conservation
education for those who have not known the inspiration of growing up with
nature by offering a series of educational programs, teacher training,
curriculum development, seminars and workshops, and establish a model
educational facility designed to be in harmony with its natural setting and
serve as a superior environment for adult visitors and school children.
In addition, the Center links its activities to the adjacent wildlife
sanctuary, owned by the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club, containing trails and rich
woodlands, a superb example of suburban protected space, and a place where
concepts learned in the Center could be utilized in the field.
Schaefer worked closely with a wide range of individuals and organizations,
including Governors and legislators, sportsmen and women, labor unions and
garden clubs, to rally public support behind the preservation of the Forest
Preserve in the Adirondacks and Catskills.
Schaefer also worked with the founders of the National Wilderness movement,
and his personal and organizational activity on behalf of the Forest
Preserve and the wilderness movement is the subject of three books and two
documentary films. His commitment to natural resource protection earned
him dozens of State and national awards. In 1990, he earned the national
Alexander Calder Conservation Award. In 1998, Audubon magazine listed Paul
Schaefer as one of the 100 most prominent Conservationists of the Century.
The Center is located at 897 St. David's Lane in Niskayuna, Schenectady