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49. New York State Conservation Council
(Latest update 2001)

8 East Main Street
Ilion, NY 13357

(315) 894-3302

Key Personnel

Howard Cushing, President
William A. Hilts, Editor, Pen-Rod Acres, 5115 Baer Road, Sanborn, NY 14132

See also District Directors - DEC Regions 5 & 6.

Membership

300,000

Finances (1997)

Income: $161,269
Expenses: 169,012
(files IRS 990 form—501(c)(3),)

Coalition Involvements

Adirondack Conservation Council
Adirondack Federation of Sports Clubs
American Wildlife Research Foundation (Robert A. Boice, Treasurer, 17164 Archer Road, Watertown, NY 13601)
National Wildlife Federation
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Alliance (TRCA)-comprised of Izaak Walton League of America, Mule Deer Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Trout Unlimited, Wildlife Forever and Wildlife Management Institute. Robert Munson, founder and former CEO of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is Director of the Alliance. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is pro-government land acquisition and is involved in acquiring land for preservation, working with government like the land trusts, according to PRFA advisors.

Organization Goals

"What is NYSCC?
"NYSCC is the New York State Conservation Council, a statewide organization which represents some 300,0900 conservationists in the Empire State. NYSCC deals with all phases of the outdoor field including conservation education, hunting, fishing, trapping, water pollution, air pollution, forest management, gun safety, archery, legislation, etc.

"What does NYSCC do?
"Publishes N.Y. State Conservation Council Comments 10 times a year.
"Conducts conservation and environmental education programs.
"Provides an up-to-date service on pending state and national legislation which may be of interest to the conservation movement.*
"Engages in court cases involving the state's natural resources.
"Sponsors an annual Teachers Environmental Conservation Education Workshop.
"Affiliates sponsor numerous archery, rifle, shotgun, and pistol tournaments.
"Conduct periodic meetings dealing with current conservation problems.
"Provides continual advisory service to the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation, as well as many sections of the State Legislature.
"Informs the general public regarding developments and issues of the conservation front.
"Distributes large supplies of free literature on conservation.
"Coordinates National Hunting and Fishing Day in New York State.
"Undertakes many special projects on behalf of sports and outdoor recreationists..."
Conservation Council Comments, Jan.-Feb. 2000, p. 3

*Annual 2000 Legislative Meeting was a big thee-day event for members in Albany—March 13-15, including a Sportsmen's March.

Board of Directors

Officers:

Howard Cushing, Poestenkill, President
Scott Emslie, Poughkeepsie, First Vice President
Dan Tone, West Falls, Second Vice President
Francis E. Hartmann, Sparrowbush, Legislative President
Clifford Coffin, Sr., Ilion, Secretary
E. Brian Cary, Brewerton, Treasurer

Board of Directors:

Charles A. Bevilacqua, District 1, Syosset
Steve Gross, District 2, Staten Island
William Conners, District 3, Pleasant Valley
Donald La Valley, District 4, Hudson
Donald Sage, District 5, Paradox
Scott Faulkner, District 6, Vernon Center
Timothy Noga, District 7, Cayuga
Robert L. Gizzie, District 8, Webster
Joseph Fischer, District 9, Cheektowaga

Directors at Large:

Clyde Muthig, Parksville, Parksville
Henry Cosselman, Oswego
Bill Stage, Watertown
Harry Probst, Ripley

Publications

Conservation Council Comments bi-monthly newsletter about legislative and organizational news related to conservation from a sportsman's point of view.

Comments

In conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation, supports the Conservation and Reinvestment Act, CARA, which would move $3 Billion annually (totaling $45 Billion over 15 years)from Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling revenues to a trust fund outside of annual Congressional scrutiny for land acquisition and wildlife preservation purposes.

Published a survey by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Alliance funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts which purports to show that hunters support roadless areas and access in National Forests. The article in NYSCC's newsletter seemed unaware of the backing of Pew Charitable Trusts for radical environmental agendas which are anti-wise use.

In 1990, the New York State Conservation Council sided with Adirondackers against the recommendations of the Twenty-first Century Commission on the Adirondacks.

The first edition of this report stated: "The state's most active and vocal chapter is the Adirondack Conservation Council, which represents 35,000 outdoorsmen in its 12-county region."

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