The Adirondack Council announced Tuesday that it has appointed William C. Janeway as its new executive director.
Janeway has been director of Department of Environmental Conservation Region 3 in the Hudson Valley since 2007.
He will replace Brian Houseal, who left the Adirondack Council last year.
“We are thrilled to bring Willie Janeway on board as executive director,” said Adirondack Council Chairwoman Ann Carmel. “He is an accomplished conservationist with extensive experience in the Adirondack Park.”
The Adirondack Council is a nonprofit environmental research, education and advocacy organization, the mission of which is to ensure the ecological integrity and wild character of the Adirondack Park.
The council is based in Elizabethtown. It has about 18,000 members, located in all 50 states.
The council has been working in recent years to combat acid rain, climate change, water pollution, poorly planned development and the spread of invasive species.
“The challenges we face guarantee that our work, and the efforts of our partners and park stakeholders, will be critically important, as decisions are made that will impact the Adirondacks for generations to come,” Janeway said in a statement released by the council.
He will begin work in May. Acting Executive Director Diane W. Fish will return to her job as deputy director.
Janeway has been trails coordinator and director of North Country operations for the Adirondack Mountain Club, executive director of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission and executive director of the Hudson River Greenway. He was director of government relations for The Nature Conservancy from 2001 to 2007 and co-founded and co-chaired Friends of New York’s Environment.
Janeway is an Adirondack 46er, having climbed the 46 major High Peaks, and won the Adirondack Life “Adirondacker Award” for his early work in the Adirondacks.