Mr. Lawton attended the College of Forestry at Syracuse University after his service in the USMC. His career has included involvement in establishing the Federal Appalachia Program; Director of Development for the City of Alexandria VA; NYS assembly ways and means budget/policy analyst; NYS Constitutional Convention staff; President of the Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities of NY; a member of the Charter Review Commission of Saratoga Springs; and most recently a member of the Urban Forest Committee of Saratoga Springs. He enjoys the comforts of a yurt in Essex, sailing, skiing, and hiking the wooded shore of Lake Champlain. His primary concern is enabling the survival of Adirondack ecosystems by limiting human impact on Wilderness in the Park. This passion is served by the privilege of contributing to PROTECT’s pursuit of its mission.