The Adirondack Watershed Institute engaged in a program review and focus session in order to collaboratively arrive at a vision that expresses the aims and intent of personnel and our host institution on behalf of the Adirondack region and its citizens. What emerged is an integrated statement that includes natural-resource based scientific activity and many "human dimension" elements as well. We are committed to the reality that the Adirondack Park presents the world with a dynamic experiment in public and private land managed for the mutual benefit of humans and non-human members of the ecosystem. We recognize this experiment as a touchstone for global sustainable development efforts and are dedicated to helping advance understanding of the balances required to maintain the health of our natural community.
The mission of the Adirondack Watershed Institute is to create scientifically-sound knowledge about terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and human relationships with the environment, enhance the educational opportunities available for undergraduate students and to engage the Adirondack Community in ways that facilitate the stewardship of our natural resources.
Our vision is to
play a lead role in producing and communicating relevant and high quality scientific information about watershed resources in the Adirondack region,
be widely regarded by both the scientific and Adirondack community as a primary source of reliable information on natural resources, and
be an important source for a diverse array of high quality research experiences for students