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Dedicated Adirondack Park Agency advocate ends a long and distinguished
Raymond Powers Curran, Supervisor for the Resource Analysis and
Scientific Services will retire at the end of September 2004 after
thirty-one years of service at the Adirondack Park Agency. Mr. Curran,
one of the original Park staffers, was instrumental in establishing
the project review process, drafting the “Development in the
Adirondack Park” guidebook and securing over 1.7 million dollars
in federal and state grant funds for wetlands mapping and protection.
Mr. Curran, a certified ecologist and professional wetlands scientist,
is renowned for his problem solving abilities and consensus building
skills. His soft spoken but confident mannerisms forged many partnerships
across the Park, New York State and the Nation emphasizing the importance
of this special place.
Mr. Curran said “The job has always been a challenge but
things in life worth doing are difficult. I feel privileged for
the opportunity to serve thirty-one years with the Park Agency making
an impact on this very special place. Moving forward to the aspect
in my career I will always remember the Park Agency with greatest
Assoc A.P. Project Analyst for Biological Resources Daniel Spada
(left) shakes hands with his long time colleague and friend Raymond
P. Curran at September’s Agency meeting in Old Forge, NY.
Ray Curran is the longest tenured Park Agency staffer. His career
commenced on August 9, 1973
Saluting Raymond Powers Curran
Supervisor, Natural Resource Analysis
WHEREAS, Raymond Powers Curran
has served the Adirondack Park Agency and the Adirondack
Park since August 9, 1973, as AP Project Analyst, Biological
Resources, May 16, 1974, as Associate Natural Resource Planner
and since July 16, 1981, as Supervisor, Natural Resource
WHEREAS, over the longest
tenure of any staff ever to have worked at the Agency, Mr.
Curran has exhibited the highest levels of professionalism
and technical expertise. Mr. Curran oversaw the establishment
and development of the Agency’s Resource Analysis
and Scientific Services (RASS) Unit, a cadre of specialists
providing technical advice to the Agency and other staff
setting high standards for resource protection. Mr. Curran
provided the role model for RASS staff soaking up knowledge
from all sources, analyzing the facts and synthesizing information
for use in dealing with the difficult issues facing the
Adirondack Park’s natural resources; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Curran, in his
role as senior scientist at the Agency, provided the model
for all technical staff in logical deliberation of often
disparate claims and confusing facts. As a certified ecologist
and professional wetland scientist, Mr. Curran brought his
formidable educational and experiential talents to the various
problems facing the natural systems of the Park. Seldom
has any one person been able to perceive the “big
picture” ecologically, and work to implement policy
that is strong enough to provide adequate protection and
enhancement of natural resources, and yet retain the flexibility
to allow for reasonable and legal use of those resources;
WHEREAS, Mr. Curran has nurtured
the creative talents and professional development of the
RASS staff and other Agency staff through his concern and
actions in setting up or having set up staff natural resource
training sessions. Mr. Curran’s handling of staff
transitions over the years has been exemplary and his steadfast
support of RASS staff greatly appreciated. He has formed
partnerships throughout his career at the Agency with scientists
across the Park, New York State, and the nation to heighten
awareness of the global importance of the Park’s natural
resources, and has brought over one million dollars of federal
funding to the Agency to create wetland maps for the Park
that have served as the basis for numerous scientific studies.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,
that it is recognized by all that Mr. Curran had, as his
guiding light throughout his long career at the Agency,
the welfare of the Adirondack Park as his core desire and
all his work has been directed toward leaving the Park in
better condition than he found it for future generations.
The Adirondack Park Agency pauses in its deliberations to
congratulate Mr. Curran on his retirement and wish him success
in his future endeavors. The Agency also expresses its sincere
appreciation to Mr. Curran for all he has done for the greater
good of the Adirondack Park Agency and the Adirondack Park.
His presence on the staff of the Adirondack Park Agency
will be deeply missed.
Resolved and unanimously adopted this 9th
day of September, 2004.
Ross S. Whaley, Chairman
Daniel T. Fitts, Executive Director
All photos on this page by Andy Bates, Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
Agency Member Cecil Wray looks on while Executive Director Dan Fitts
shakes hands with Ray Curran.
Ray Curran - dedicated friend of the Adirondack Park