Though Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station was only established in 2008, the vision of the property as a research station dates back to the 1960’s when it was managed as a research forest by Syracuse University. Forestry research on the property dates back to the early 20th century.

The Preserve is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Day-to-day operations of Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station are the responsibility of the Director. Research and education at the Preserve is approved and directed by the Scientific Advisory Committee.

Steve Langdon, Director

Stephen Langdon has 25 years of experience in the Adirondacks working on conservation from shovel-in-hand trail maintenance to biodiversity research with government and private organizations. He has a Masters degree in Ecology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, as well as a B.S in Ecology and a B.A. in Philosophy from SUNY Plattsburgh, where he is an adjunct instructor in the Center for Earth and Environmental Science. Steve is involved in a number of research efforts surrounding impacts of human-caused global environmental change on biodiversity within the boreal-temperate ecotone with a particular focus on peatlands. When he is not at Shingle Shanty he lives with his wife and two young sons in Saranac Lake.

Ross Whaley, Special Advisor


Dr. Ross Whaley is emeritus president and professor of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He has served as a consultant to or member of several state, national, and international commissions devoted to natural resource and environmental issues. In recognition of these activities he has been awarded the Pinchot Medallion by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, the Professional Conservationist Award by the New York Conservation Council, the Heiberg Memorial Award by the New York Forest Owners Association, and Honor Alumnus of Colorado State University.

Scientific Advisory Committee

The scientific integrity of the research and educational activities that occur on the site are guided by the advice of the SSPRS Scientific Advisory Committee ("SAC"). Members of the SAC include:

  • Raymond P. Curran, Adirondack Information Group.

  • Dr. Michale Glennon, science director at the Adirondack Watershed Institute.

  • Frederick Findlay, Architect, Landscape Designer, Naturalist

  • Jerry Jenkins, Author, researcher and educator, director of the Northern Forest Atlas Project.

  • Dr. Glenn Johnson, Professor of Biology, SUNY Potsdam.

  • Dr. Mark Lesser, Assistant Professor, Center for Earth and Environmental Science, SUNY College at Plattsburgh.

  • Stacy McNulty, Associate Director, Adirondack Ecological Center, Newcomb, NY.

  • Dr. David Patrick, Director of Conservation, New Hampshire Nature Conservancy.

  • Dr. William Porter, Boone and Crockett Chair of Wildlife Conservation in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University.

  • Dr. Sean Robinson, Associate Professor of Biology, Curator of the Jewell and Arline Moss Settle Herbarium, SUNY College at Oneonta.

  • Daniel Spada, Emeritus President, Adirondack Research Consortium.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors oversees the activities of the Preserve. The current directors are James Townsend (President), William Porter, Jeff Potter, Judson Potter, Justin Potter, Curtis Read and Ross Whaley.


The Preserve has partnered with various Adirondack research and educational institutions:

  • Adirondack Natural History Museum, Tupper Lake. The Wild Center is a not-for-profit organization overseen by a Board of Trustees with the assistance of its Advisory Board. The Center is located on a 31-acre site in the Town of Tupper Lake, NY near the geographic center of the Adirondack Park. The Adirondacks are unique in the world. Surrounded by people, they house great expanses of nature interspersed with small towns and communities. They can be an example for a future where man and the rest of the natural world find better ways to coexist.

  • The Wildlife Conservation Society's Adirondack Communities and Conservation Program. Connecting Communities and Conservation in the Adirondacks.