Bernard Melewski spent more than 15 years working as an environmental lobbyist for the Adirondack Council trying to save the 6 million-acre Adirondack Park from the devastating effects of acid rain and the potential sell-off of huge tracts of privately held timberlands. His book “Inside the Green Lobby: The Fight to Save the Adirondacks” (SUNY Press) captures some of the triumphs and the struggles he faced to preserve one of the last wild areas in the lower 48 states.
“In writing the book I began to realize that in my career I often tried to create order out of chaos,” Melewski said. “One of my purposes in writing this book was to show how things work in government. It’s not always pleasant and honorable. I wanted to capture what life is like as a lobbyist. There are very few memoirs by lobbyists. The ones out there are usually by lobbyists trying to earn some money after being released from custody.”