Well into her 80's, Nellie continued to serve as a hunter safety and trapping instructor. Renowned for her intricate fungi art, Nellie was also honored by the New York State Conservation Council with a Lifetime Achievement Award and was also inducted into the New York State Outdoorsman Hall of Fame.
A true conservationist, hunter, angler, trapper, artist and teacher, Nellie was a respected participant and leader in meetings with peers, elected officials and government representatives.
To many, she was the Queen of the Adirondacks. She was loved and appreciated by both sportsmans groups and the environmental advocacy groups. Nellie was an active participant and leader in meetings with peers, elected officials and government representatives. She had a voice and people listened which permitted her to act as a bridge to bring the various factions together.
There will be no public calling hours or funeral. The NYS Conservation Council is setting up a fund to accept contributions in Nellie's memory to make a donation to The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks.
Nellie served on the Wild Center's Founding Board and lived to see the project through from concept to reality in her beloved Adirondacks. Contributions can be sent to the NYSCC, designated for Nellie Staves Memorial, at 8 East Main Street, Ilion, NY 13357-1899.
A Park in Trouble-By the Numbers
I have received an overwhelming amount of feedback concerning recent articles dealing with the aging population of the Park and the lack of opportunities for our youth.
Much of the information for the previous articles was gleaned from the Adirondack Park Regional Assessment Project, (APRAP) which detailed trends, demographics, economics and other concerns of our region.
Across the country, rural youth are an overlooked and under-represented minority. Although our rural communities have traditionally provided a safe environment to live and grow; they are increasingly losing the simple conveniences necessary to meet the needs of their younger citizens.