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Two St. Lawrence students, Ryan Littlefield '10 and Peter Tucker '09, were among the seven undergraduates from four colleges who participated in an intensive four-day Adirondack Park Stewardship Training program through the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks.

The students, who came from Paul Smith's College, SUNY Plattsburgh and Skidmore College in addition to St. Lawrence, spent time in June in the association's Center, its Adirondack Research Library, Paul Schaefer's Beaver House, and the Siamese Ponds Wilderness area. They engaged with guests from the Adirondack Park Association, expert biologists and conservationists from the Adirondacks.

David Gibson, executive director of the Association, said, "I was just privileged to be with these young people for parts of three days, including in the woods. They have a lot to teach us."

Littlefield, a chemistry major from Tupper Lake, NY, stated "The backpack trip into the Siamese Ponds Wilderness was the longest and hardest I've ever achieved. I'll never forget the experience and liked making good friends with all of our team. I'd like to help the association confront some of the many misconceptions about the park and the forest preserve that exist."

Tucker, of Old Saybrook, CT, is an environmental studies and fine arts major. He participated in the University's Adirondack Semester and has plans to continue in the association's stewardship program in the fall. "It was great to be back with this program and it meant so much to be warmly welcomed and not to have to feel nervous, but feel at home at the Center for the Forest Preserve," Tucker said. "What interests me is the process of determining appropriate land use in both public and private lands. I would like to research the overuse issue in the High Peaks, specifically."

Posted: July 24, 2008


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