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Edward Milner

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Adirondack Council
October 25, 2010

As a 20 year resident of the Adirondack Park, I have found the Adirondack Council to be dismissive of the cares and concerns of park residents, particularly in the economic areas. Sixty percent of park area jobs are governmental - snow plow drivers, schoolteachers, prison guards and the like. None of these jobs contribute to the economic well-being of the region, or generate wealth from which taxes can be paid. Our school population has gone down 30 per cent, but school employees have gone up 30 per cent. I am a tree farmer, practicing sustainable forestry. I can do so because of a modest but fairly secure retirement income. We need better infrastructure to facilitate environmentally desirable jobs in the area. We need to make it possible for young families to live in the park and make a reasonable living. The Adk Council says the economy is "just fine", but they do not live here and see the struggle of the local residents.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

A number of community issues - wind farms, tourism facilities, expansion of local ski area. Attended presentations by Council PR rep before local bodies.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Replace present PR representative, or be sure that his facts are checked before he speaks or goes to press!

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & Worked as a volunteer board member with Soil and Water Conservation District. Served as president of local Chamber of Commerce and as president of local Rotary Club.