WikipediaBorn: June 24, 1925

Died: March 2, 2019

Married: Mary Louise Reid nee Stewart

Children: Six; Stewart, Michael, William (Billy), Elisabeth, Ogden (Denny), and David.

Ogden Rogers Reid is a son of Ogden Mills Reid and Helen Rogers Reid. From 1959 to 1961, Reid was the United States Ambassador to Israel. He was elected to Congress in 1962 and served until 1972.  He he ran for Governor of New York in 1974, but dropped out of the race before the election.

Known as "Brownie," the younger Reid was Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation from January 1975 to May of 1976. He issued the order removing tent platforms on state land.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, May 14, 1975

Reid signals end for tent platforms

ALBANY — Environmental Conservation Department Commissioner Ogden Reid has decided that tent platform permits definitely will expire on Dec. 31 as previously announced.

Holders of tent platform permits are being advised by letter that permits will not be renewed beyond Dec. 31, and that they should make arrangements to remove all personal property from the platform sites by that time. The department said there are approximately 550 platform permits still in effect, mainly in Essex and Franklin counties. More than half of these are on the shores of Middle and Lower Saranac lakes.

Reid said his major reasons for ending the tent platform system is to conform with the Adirondack Park Agency plan for the use of state land and to provide additional camping space for public use.

He said, "No new permanent tent platform permits have been issued since the mid-1960s when the department began its efforts to phase out uses of the forest preserve that denied full public enjoyment of these highly valued recreation lands. The tent platform permit system represents exclusive private use of public lands, a condition incompatible with the increasing public use of the forest preserve and great demand for transient camping sites."


See also Camp Wild Air.