ELIZABETHTOWN - The Marshall family of Saranac Lake will be named "Conservationist of the Year" by the Adirondack Council at a gathering in Elizabethtown on Saturday, July 12, in celebration of several generations of advocacy on behalf of the Adirondack Park's wilderness and communities.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the federal Wilderness Act, which was written in the Adirondack Park and was modeled on its "forever wild" public Forest Preserve.
In addition, the Saranac Lake-based Adirondack Explorer magazine will be honored as part of the Adirondack Council's annual Forever Wild Day celebration, which includes the organization's annual membership meeting.
"The Marshall family's roots in the Adirondack Park run very deep," Adirondack Council Executive Director William C. Janeway wrote in a press relase. "Louis Marshall drafted and championed the 'Forever Wild Clause' of the NYS Constitution, which has protected the Forest Preserve from logging, sale and development since 1895.
"He and his wife Florence built the Knollwood Club, a multi-family great camp on Middle Saranac Lake designed by William West Durant. Their children - George, James, Robert and Ruth - were among the founding directors of the Adirondack Council, the Natural Resources Defense Council and The Wilderness Society. They were the first Adirondack 46ers, having climbed all of the Adirondack peaks above 4,000 feet in elevation."
The Adirondack Council's 2014 annual membership meeting and Forever Wild Day celebration will take place at the Adirondack History Center Museum on Hand Avenue in Elizabethtown, across the street from the Council's office. Attendees will have free access to the museum from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The awards ceremony and luncheon will begin at noon. There is a $25 charge for lunch. Adirondack Explorer Editor and author Phil Brown will present a slide show ntitled "Bob Marshall in the Adirondacks" after lunch from 2:30 to 3:30. Call 1-877-873-2240 for reservations and details.