Albany Pine Bush Dossier

Remnants of Natural Birth

Fence bordering Pine Bush Preserve
and Crossgates Mall




Amanda M. Boyd is a Master’s Student from Queens currently studying African-American literature at the University at Albany. Among her favorite things are watching street performers make bubbles with ropes, the Spanish word for zucchini and films about children in turmoil. On her tumultuous path towards poet superstardom she has won a Shields McIlwaine Prize for Poetry and been published in Yellow Bird Magazine. Three of her poems will be included in the upcoming issue of BLACKBERRY Magazine.

Therese L. Broderick, MFA, MLS, has been active in Albany's poetry community for more than twelve years. She is an award-winning, published poet who teaches, judges, and volunteers for the Hudson Valley Writers Guild. Her photo blog, ''Poet Apace,'' can be found at

Don Byrd recently retired from the University at Albany English Department, where he taught for over forty years. His books include Aesop’s Garden (1976) and The Poetics of the Common Knowledge (1994).

Christopher Hawver serves as the Executive Director of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, and has been with the organization since 1993.  The Commission is a New York State public-private partnership that oversees the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, a 3,200-acre globally-rare pine barrens habitat at the western edge of Albany.  Chris is responsible for all fiscal, legal and administrative aspects of the Commission and its staff, including the oversight and coordination of natural resource protection and management, public use, education and outreach and other activities of the Preserve.  He works closely with Commission board members, state, county and local government agencies, elected officials, conservation groups and landowners to raise and promote support for the management and protection of the Albany Pine Bush.  Chris led Commission in developing its Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, an interpretive nature center that opened in 2007 and provides hands-on learning for families and students of all ages throughout the Capital Region, and beyond.  He grew up in the Capital Region and returned after completing his graduate studies in a northern NY at the edge of the Canadian border.  Chris holds a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science and Master’s in Natural Resources from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

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