Elsewhere in the state, Grannis has installed two individuals with extensive green credentials. Willie Janeway, who has worked for the Adirondack Mountain Club and the Adirondack Nature Conservancy, will take helm in Region 3 while Suzanne Mattei will head up Region 2. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Mattei had served as executive director of the Sierra Clubs New York office.
As a result of the contentious battle waged over Spitzers initial nomination of Grannis for DEC commissioner, many of the traditional sportsman/conservation alliances have been fractured. The groups are so busy bickering with each other; it appears they've lost both focus and clout. If the Governor had intended to divide and conquer, it may have worked.
And while the conservation lobby may be down, its not out. Gov. Steamroller should remember that even a mouse will fight if cornered and if sportsmens rights are threatened, a 'redneck rebellion' will not be limited to the North Country; it may become a statewide rallying call.
Memorial Day: Tourist season begins
Tourists will again invade the North Country, as Memorial Day weekend signals the beginning of the tourist season. In an effort to better understand the market, recent studies reveal some intriguing trends.
Boomers now dominate the market. They are by far, more able bodied and affluent retirees than any previous generation and they seek comfortable adventures. Baby-boomers are making their mark on outdoor/adventure travel, as one-third of all active travelers are now over the age of 45.
NY state tourism research indicates that as boomers retire, there will be a significant demand for heritage travel opportunities. This is good news for Fort Ticonderoga, Great Camps and the Adirondack Museum.
While scenic touring still tops the list of preferred soft adventure activities, boomers ranked their outdoor adventures to include hiking, paddling, fishing and camping. This is good news for all of the Adirondacks and it only gets better.