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Glen Rowse

Former Board Member

Glenwood Rowse grew up in the wide open spaces of Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska. He attended high school in a cattle ranching area, where the average distance between towns was about 40 miles. Higher education eventually took Glen away from the West, and marriage and job opportunities brought him to New York’s Capital District, but those early years still resonate in his speech as well as in his choice of a permanent home.

Glen’s day job is with the Office of Research and Information Systems within the State Department of Education in Albany, the same office that he joined in 1977. This career is balanced, somehow, with work on his 192 acre Manx Station Farm located in Cambridge, NY. Passersby cannot fail to notice the “Oreo cookie cows” (Belted Galloways) that occupy a hilly pasture bordering the road. The first Belties came onto the farm in 1991, and the herd has grown to 60 head wintering this year. Manx Station has 110 acres in pasture and hayfields, with the balance of needed hay and feed purchased from nearby farmers. In addition to the beef cattle, there is a small herd of meat goats, and an assortment of domestic animals including several of the signature Manx cats.

As if he didn’t already have enough to do, Glen Rowse joined the Board of Directors of ASA in the spring of 2003 because it was the best way he could think of to contribute to a cause about which he feels strongly. “I grew up with lots of open land, and I love living in a place where I can’t see another house from my windows. But I know how development can creep into an area and gradually gobble up the open space and farmland. Unless people work to save it, agricultural land will eventually disappear” Glen said. “Everyone who cares about this has to keep on working as hard and fast as they can because development pressure is only going to increase.”

“ASA is the one local organization working to save the nature of our community, and I believe in the way they are doing it,” Glen said. He said he is “thrilled with the changes in ASA” during his years on the Board. Foremost among these was the hiring of professional staff, which was begun in 2003. He said that ASA has become a very strong organization under the leadership of Executive Director Teri Ptacek, and noted that she has been instrumental in forging active partnerships with other organizations. ”It is impressive how much ASA has been able to accomplish with very limited staff and funding,” Glen commented. He also lauded the contributions of the many dedicated Board members who have served over the years, as well as the importance of the ongoing Strategic Planning process.

Glen Rowse will be completing six years of service to ASA in May 2009, when he will step down from the Board of Directors. ASA wishes to express lasting appreciation to Glen for all his work on behalf of farmland conservation in our area.

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