NORTH CREEK Peter Bauer is leaving his job as executive director of The Residents Committee to Protect the Adirondacks (RCPA) to take a similar position with the Fund for Lake George, the RCPA announced this week.
Bauer has been executive director since 1994.
It is with great sorrow, but also great gratitude for his fine work, that the RCPA has accepted Peters resignation, said Peter Hornbeck, Chairperson of the RCPA Board of Directors in a press release. Peter Bauer was a strong leader and people looked up to him and relied upon him across the Adirondacks. The entire board always had complete confidence in his leadership and we will miss him dearly. We wish Peter well in his future endeavors and support him in a difficult decision for him and his family.
Bauers impact on the RCPA is substantial. He is credited with helping establish the RCPA as an outspoken and often effective advocacy group for environmental issues within the Adirondack Park. Bauer was equally effective in Albany where he had Gov. Eliot Spitzers ear and was the sole representative from the Adirondacks on Spitzers transition team.
During his tenure with the RCPA, Bauer led the effort to ban ATVs from state Forest Preserve and was instrumental in advocating for land acquisition in the park to expand the preserve.
Under Bauers leadership RCPA membership more than tripled, the budget increased ten-fold, and the committee accomplished significant projects such as building the largest water quality monitoring program in the Adirondack Park in partnership with Paul Smiths College, and becoming the first organization in New York accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council to provide sustainable forestry certification to private landowners.
Bauer is not without critics who viewed him as too extreme. Jim McCully of Lake Placid, a longtime outspoken foe of Bauers environmental philosophy, shared his viewpoint with the Plattsburgh Press-Republican.