Peter Bauer

Peter Bauer has served as the Executive Director of Protect the Adirondacks since 2012. Prior to that he worked as the Executive Director of the FUND for Lake George for five years and the Executive Director of the Residents’ Committee to Protect the Adirondacks for 14 years, which was one of the organizations that merged to form Protect the Adirondacks. Before that he worked on the staff of the Commission on the Adirondacks in the Twenty-First Century and at Adirondack Life Magazine.

He currently serves on the NYSDEC Forest Preserve Advisory Committee and has previously served on the Governor’s Snowmobile Trails Working Group, Technical Advisory Committee to the APA on Rules and Regulation Reform, and the APA Public Issues Forum. He was on the Steering Committee of the Northern Forest Alliance and worked on the Northern Forest Wealth Index with the Northern Forest Center. He is also served as the Chairman and member of the Town of Lake George Zoning Board of Appeals.

He has written widely on Adirondack matters in books, websites, blogs, op-eds, and articles, and made numerous presentations at conferences and workshops. He has published The Myth of Quiet, Motor-free Waters in the Adirondack Park(2013), Rutted and Ruined: ATV Damage on the Adirondack Forest Preserve (2003), and Growth in the Adirondack Park: Analysis of Rates and Patterns of Development, 1990-1999 (2001), and Clean Boats Only (2007).

He has successfully advocated and intervened in numerous land use decisions on private lands and the public Forest Preserve, public land acquisitions, Unit Management Plans, and lobbied on scores of budget matters and legislation the impact the Adirondack Park.

He lives in Blue Mountain Lake with his wife Cathleen Collins and two children and enjoys a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities throughout the Adirondacks.