The BKAA’s many members and friends mourn the loss of long-time BKAA President, Paula Medley, who passed away on September 12th, 2022.
Paula leaves behind an outstanding legacy of environmental activism and leadership in the mid-Hudson/Catskills region. Her first environmental work in the region was based in Cragsmoor where she and her husband Mike lived for 20 years. During those years, Paula was President of the Cragsmoor Association. She led the group in successfully opposing the location of wind towers on the Shawangunk Ridge.
After she and Mike moved to Mamakating, Paula joined the BKAA Board within a short time and then quickly moved on to being President – a position she held for the last 20 years. Her knowledge of environmental law and her tenacity with issues were critical to the success of the BKAA’s ten year fight against the proposed Yukiguni Mushroom Plant in Mamakating. Importantly, she provided key input while serving on Mamakating’s Master Plan Committee which revised the Town’s Comprehensive Plan in 2019. Those are just two of the many highlights of her work with the BKAA.
Paula was keenly aware of the importance of networking in environmental work and linked the BKAA with groups like the Friends of the Shawangunks. She was also known as a mentor to other local environmental groups whether it was in providing help to the Deerpark Rural Alliance or to the Columbia Hill Neighborhood Alliance in Hurleyville.
As a leader, she inspired so many of us with her dedicated work ethic and her generosity. Hers was truly a life of service.