Tug Hill Commission Annual Dinner Held
Over 90 people attended the Tug Hill Commission’s 2016 annual dinner, held at the Tailwater Lodge & Barn in Altmar on November 10. Attendees were able to view the new Venerable Folks of Tug Hill exhibit and portraits, a collaborative project with artist, Loretta Lepkowski, Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust, the Tug Hill Commission and Traditional Arts of Upstate New York. The people selected as Venerable Tug Hill folk exemplify the traditions and spirit of the Tug Hill region. The exhibit will be traveling to various locations both in and outside of the region. Many attendees also took tours of the new Tailwater facility, which is a great example of adaptive reuse of an abandoned building, in this case a former elementary school.
The keynote speaker for the evening was Ken Lynch, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and former Region 7 Director. Ken’s presentation highlighted many of the ongoing efforts of the Department of Environmental Conservation in the Tug Hill region, including the ownership soon of 2,800 acres of National Grid land along the lower Salmon River and the Salmon River Reservoir; the new Tug Hill Traverse non-motorized trail being built in the core forest of Tug Hill, and the pending acquisition of over 3,000 acres of former Harden property in the towns of Orwell and Redfield.
The evening concluded with a year-in-review presentation by Executive Director Katie Malinowski, as well as a look forward to priorities in 2017. The full presentation is available at the link below.