The New York Chapter has been active on many fronts. In March the board hosted several pint nights, including two incredibly well attended events in Brooklyn and Ithaca. Our Catskill rendezvous at the end of April was a blast, with a great turnout, amazing food and beer, traditional bow shooting, live music, fly casting lessons, and more. Many members left with awesome raffle prizes, including a stunning hand-built canoe from Adirondack Canoe Company, a pair of Kenetrek boots, two turkey hunting packages, and a Stone Glacier pack. We were elated to have Chris Hennessey and Rob Parkins of BHA National join us and share in the festivities.
The rendezvous was also a great opportunity for the board and officers to touch base and continue to plan for the future. We sketched out a path to continue to promote membership growth and engagement, and become a driving force for conservation policy in NY and the East. We also learned that Ron Rohrbaugh, will be stepping down as chair, as he and his family embark on new professional and entrepreneurial opportunities in PA. The PA chapter will certainly gain an incredible asset in Ron’s vast wisdom and breadth of experience. Todd Waldron, vice-chair, was unanimously voted in as the new chair by the board. If you know Todd, you know that the chapter could not be in more capable, passionate hands.
The NY chapter is dedicated to being about more than just pint nights. In addition to growing our ranks and increasing our influence, we have been getting our hands dirty and our boots on the ground. Members and officers have been participating in and organizing cleanups and conservation projects across the state, including our own contribution to the #accessourwaters campaign, with cleanups on the Delaware River, Salmon River, and in the Finger Lakes.
BHA-NY looks forward to working with other chapters, conservation organizations, and agencies as we spread the public lands message eastward. If you are a BHA-NY member who would like to get more involved, please reach out to us as we strive to become a more effective and influential chapter together