The Adirondack Council’s Board of Directors has hired William (Willie) Janeway to become the organization’s next executive director. Janeway has been Regional Director for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson Valley/Catskill Region since 2007.
The Adirondack Council is a non-partisan, not-for-profit environmental research, education and advocacy organization whose mission is to ensure the ecological integrity and wild character of New York’s Adirondack Park.
“We are thrilled to bring Willie Janeway on board as executive director,” said Adirondack Council Chairwoman Ann Carmel. “He is an accomplished conservationist with extensive experience in the Adirondack Park. We think he is the perfect person to lead our outstanding team, whose job is to help the Adirondack Park and its communities successfully face a wide range of challenges. The Adirondack Council is advancing strategies to combat acid rain, climate change, water pollution, the spread of invasive species and sprawling, poorly planned development. We must inspire communities and nature to thrive together, improve management of public lands, increase incentives for stewardship of private lands and better support the Adirondack Park’s ecological integrity, wild character and resource-based economy. Willie’s talents and expertise are well suited to those challenges.”
Janeway said he was motivated to get started. “These are exciting times for the Adirondacks and the Adirondack Council,” he said. “The challenges we face guarantee that our work, and the efforts of our partners and Park stakeholders, will be critically important, as decisions are made that will impact the Adirondacks for generations to come. I am confident that working with others we will make opportunities out of these challenges and ensure that the future of the Adirondack Park is bright. It has been an honor and privilege to work for Governor Cuomo and DEC Commissioner Joe Martens and help them advance their goals of a healthy environment and a revitalized New York economy. As the Council’s executive director, I look forward to working with partners and helping leaders at all levels of government advance an Adirondack agenda that benefits clean water, clean air, wild lands, working farms and forests and vibrant and economically strong local communities.
Janeway will begin work in May.