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43. National Audubon Society, Inc.
(Latest Update 2001)

National Headquarters
700 Broadway
New York, NY 10003-9501

(212) 979-3000
Web page:

Northeast Regional Office
1879 Western Ave.
Albany, NY 12205

(5l8) 869-9731

Key Personnel

Northeast Regional Office (New York office)

David J. Miller
Suzanna Dwyer (1995)
Graham Cox, Forester and wetland program coordinator

Richard Beamish - Formed the Audubon's Adirondack program, to rival the Adirondack Council's activism in the Adirondacks


Membership (1994)


Finances (1994) IRS Status 501(c)(3)

Revenue: $36,648,225
Expenditures: 35,154,207
Assets: 98,180,023

Received grants in 1993 from Pew Charitable Trusts (2-year)-$300,000, Pew Charitable Trusts-$150,000, Pew Charitable Trusts-$75,000, WMX Technologies min.$66,000, AT&T Fdn.-$50,000, Rockefeller Brothers Fund-$50,000, Salisbury Community Fdn.-$50,000, Trust for Mutual Understanding-$50,000, David & Lucile Packard Fdn.-$40,000, Procter & Gamble-$30,000, Edw. John Noble Fdn.-$25,000, Prospect Hill Fdn.- $25,000, Robt. Sterling Clark Fdn.- $20,000, J.P. Morgan-$12,500, Penzance Fdn.-$10,000, Chevron -$7,500, ARCO-$7,000. (Adler, pp. 187-8)

Coalition Involvements

Most often rubber stamps the position of the Adirondack Council with respect to Adirondack Park issues and often announces positions at the same time with the Council.

Held joint news conference with the Sierra Club, Adirondack Council and Citizens Campaign for the Environment in support of designating as "wilderness" all the Adirondack Forest Preserve lands the APA is currently considering for its land-use master plan.


Organizational Goals

"Provides environmental education and information," according to Guidestar report of IRS filings.

"Founded in 1905…National Audubon Society was dedicated to birdlife and wildlife conservation, but in recent years has embraced a range of issues, including toxic waste, energy development and global warming, and environmental strategies, including school curriculum, political activism, film production and direct-mail fundraising," according to Adler (p. 185).

Stated Purpose: "Long-term protection and the wise use of wildlife, land, water, and other natural resources; the promotion of rational strategies for energy development and use; the protection of life from pollution, radiation and toxic substances; and the solution of global problems caused by overpopulation and the depletion of natural resources." (as cited in Adler, p. l86)



Officers (1994)

Donal C. O'Brien, Jr., Chairman
John Flicker, President and CEO
Bayard D. Rea, Treasurer
Scott W. Reed, Vice Chair
Thomas D. Martin, Chief Operating Officer
William Brans, Senior Vice President
Elizabeth Raisbeck, Senior Vice President
Michael W. Robbins, Senior Vice President
Robert F. Schumann, Secretary

Other Board Members (1994)

Oakes Ames
Jon B. Beinecke
John D. Bierwirth
Howard P. Brokaw
Jacqueline A. Browne
Harriet S. Bullitt
Douglas M. Costle
Leslie Dach
Reginald E. David
Lynn Dolnick
Cindy Adams Dunn
George Ellmann
Helen Engle
W. Hardy Eshbaugh
Ted Lee Eubanks
Edward H. Harte
Patricia Heidenreich
Marian S. Heiskell
Lowell Johnston
Thomas W. Keesee, Jr.
Arsenio Milian
Donal C. O'Brien, Jr.
Benjamin Olewine, IV
Bayard D. Rea
Scott W. Reed
William D. Ross
Ruth Russell
Leah G. Schad
Robert F. Schumann
Robert H. Socolow
Alan N. Weeden
John C. Whitaker
Joyce A. Wolf

Publications (from Adler, p. 188)

American Birds (bimonthly magazine)
(bimonthly magazine)
Audubon Activist
(monthly newspaper)
Audubon Science Quarterly
Audubon Energy Plan
Biodiversity Treaties: International Cooperation
Clean Air Action Packet
Keep Tropical Forests Alive
Audubon TV News Bulletin
Birdathon Bulletin
Egret Express
Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network



(1) Policy on current APA classification of Whitney, Watson's East (Lassiter), Lake Lila and Alice Brook parcels

William Cooke of the National Audubon Society was quoted in the Sunday Gazette that there were already extensive snowmobile trails in the Adirondacks. Referring to the 1996 bond act's passage, he said, "I don't believe those people voted so there could be four-wheelers all over the place." Graham Cox, now forester and wetland program coordinator for the National Audubon Society in New York State, argued that all four parcels are important pieces of the larger Bob Marshall Wilderness that they would like to see established. Any classification other than wilderness will shoot a "shotgun sized hole" in the effort, he warned, according to the Gazette.


(2) Past key leadership

Peter A. A. Berle, the Assemblyman from the silk stocking district in Manhattan who did much of the fighting at the time that was necessary to pass the final parts of the APA law in the Assembly against Glenn Harris, who represented the Adirondacks at the time, became the president of the National Audubon Society. In the early 1990's he spearheaded legislation (which failed) to tighten the APA law, after being the chairman of the Cuomo Commission of the Adirondacks in the 21st Century.

The Audubon Society's chief Adirondack lobbyist, Dick Beamish, did most of his public campaigning through scathing letters to the editor to local newspapers, and calling for more land-use restrictions.

Eric Siy was the Adirondack Campaign Coordinator also rankling Adirondackers at the time.

(3) Past relationships with the Adirondack Council

In 1991, the Audubon Society formally withdrew from the Adirondack Council. The Council was trying to seem more moderate after it suffered membership and financial losses because of its shrill attacks on Adirondack groups and local governments after May 1990. Beamish, who worked for the Adirondack Council, quit or was fired and went to work for the Audubon Society, along with Eric Siy, another former Adirondack Council staffer.

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