Today, December 30, is the second anniversary of the sudden passing of Douglas H. Ward, who died with his boots on while on an annual New Years hike with his family.  Doug is remembered as a force of nature and a fierce advocate for it. He was instrumental in helping launch Saratoga PLAN.  Saratoga PLAN said at the time that it was saddened to lose a good friend, effective ally for conservation, wise legal counselor, outdoor enthusiast, and all-around fun-loving man with a jovial zest for life. Doug Ward is deeply missed by all who knew him.

This year, on December 26, 2020, New York’s environment lost another stalwart advocate for preserving and protecting forests and wilderness, particularly in the Adirondack Park. Peter Hornbeck died suddenly following a traditional family hike with his family.  PLAN honors the memory of Peter Hornbeck, who launched the iconic lightweight canoe company that created the lost pound boat and others that gave people the ability to carry canoes into remote ponds and streams.  For many years and most recently as a member of Protect the Adirondack’s Board he fought to conserve Adirondack lands and New York’s Forest Preserve.

PLAN is working to enhance preserved lands and connections in Saratoga County to the Adirondack Park, particularly in the Palmertown Ridge area of the Adirondack Foothills.