Open Space Institute Trustee John Ernst Appointed Chair of the Adirondack Park Agency

Albany, NY (October 21, 2021)—Longtime trustee of the Open Space Institute (OSI), John Ernst, has been selected by New York State Governor Kathy Hochul to chair the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) board.

“For the past 13 years, John Ernst has been an effective and insightful leader on our OSI board, helping to grow the organization in both size and impact; never losing sight of our commitment to land protection for the benefit of people and wildlife,” said Kim Elliman, OSI president and CEO. “We congratulate our good friend and offer best wishes as John begins this new endeavor as head of the APA.”

"Adirondack Park is a unique asset to New York and we must preserve its natural beauty for future generations to enjoy, while also boosting tourism and small businesses across the region," Governor Hochul said. "This appointment is an important first step in developing a long-term public and private land use plan for the largest protected area in the continental United States. John has demonstrated a strong dedication to the North Country and I am certain he will excel as the next Chair of the Adirondack Park Agency, helping build a better and brighter future for this natural gem."

Noting that the position of APA chair has been vacant since 2019, Elliman acknowledged that the post has challenged many leaders for more than 50 years. “Still,” he assured, “John has proven to be a leader of great integrity, a consensus builder, and an overall class act. I cannot think of a person better-suited to take on the critical work of the APA.”

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