Brief bio: Jaime Parslow
Originally from: Ohio, N.Y.
Occupation: I work for Hamilton County Soil and Water as a conservation technician. I oversee the district’s lake monitoring program, among other things. Our lake monitoring program is quite unique. Since 1993, the district has been collecting data from 21 lakes in Hamilton County, resulting in a robust data set that is publicly owned.
Accomplishments: I feel pretty proud that I have been able to make a home in the Adirondacks with my family. Raising children while following a fulfilling career path is hard anywhere, but living in the Adirondacks adds a few extra challenges.
Favorite outdoor adventure: Any adventure is my favorite adventure! But rafting on the Hudson is probably one of the best.
Favorite view: Any sunset over any lake.
Best thing about Hamilton County:
There are so many good things about Hamilton County: endless recreational opportunities (that are not often overcrowded) and small-town charm are probably two of my favorite things.
What I have learned about Adirondack lakes: Lakes are the lifeblood of the Adirondack Park, and if you look closely enough, they all tell a unique story of a community’s history and landscape. Studying these lakes allows us to celebrate successes such as the recovery from acid rain and improvements from cultural eutrophication. They also inform us of upcoming threats and inspire community-level stewardship.
Memorable wildlife experience: A few years ago, I was walking on a local trail and came across a doe. She was not very happy to see me and chased me down the trail. She was fierce and I was scared.
If I were in charge of the park: I would put all of my resources into supporting young families and residents by ensuring affordable housing, accessible day care, and more opportunities for higher education. We need young families and children in our communities now more than ever. I would also try to do something about those pesky blackflies.
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This first appeared in the May/June 2021 issue of Adirondack Explorer.
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