ADK is a major partner with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to construct and maintain many of the hiking trails throughout the NYS Forest Preserve. Since 1922, ADK has been in the business of building trails on public lands so that anyone would be able to access some of the most remote, most wild and most beautiful lands and waterways in the state. Professional and volunteer trails crews spend long hours doing hard physical work to ensure that the hiking, biking and paddling communities have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our crews are trained in the art of trail building to ensure that trails will last while making the least impact on the natural resources. Tools, materials, and equipment must be purchased each year to be able to complete the projects each season. New York State supports only 75 percent of the work ADK performs on the Forest Preserve lands. Your help is needed to fully-fund all of the work these trail crews do AND purchase the equipment and gear necessary to complete the projects.
Wilderness Legal Defense Fund
The ADK Wilderness Legal Defense Fund was established to ensure that the Adirondack Mountain Club is able to pursue legal actions in a timely manner to protect our precious natural resources. ADK’s victory over Lows Lake wilderness classification was a result of such necessary legal action. This special legal fund is being managed by Adirondack Community Trust (ACT).
Public Lands Campaign
This is ADK’s advocacy campaign to save New York State Forests from hydraulic fracturing ("fracking”) on or below the surface of these incredible public lands. There are about 786,000 acres of State Forest, and about 500,000 acres atop Marcellus Shale. Popular trail systems, like the Finger Lakes Trail and the North Country National Scenic Trail, traverse these forest lands, and fracking would industrialize these areas, fragmenting forest lands and potentially polluting the natural resources for miles around.
Summer Naturalist Intern Program (SNIP) Campaign
ADK needs to raise $30,000 each year to support summer internships for five college interns. Initially made possible through the Slater Charitable Remainder Trust, ADK’s internship program quickly became an integral part of the delivery of services to our Heart Lake Property visitors. SNIP continues to be an important component in fulfilling our Education Mission.
After a month training program in environmental education and outdoor leadership skills, interns are prepared to: lead daily interpretive hikes (or paddles on Heart Lake), serve as interpreters in ADK’s Natural History Museum, serve as Summit Stewards on Mt. Jo, provide information services at High Peaks Information Center (HPIC), and serve as trailhead educators. The need for these services becomes even more dire as the number of hikers continues to increase and the discontinuance of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Assistant Ranger Program. Additionally, as the state becomes less able to participate in and support programs that educate people adequately in backcountry safety and preparedness skills, the higher the likelihood of accidents, bear encounters, habitat destruction, and environmental degradation.
Interns have become even more vital than ever in providing this public service.Donate Now! Contact Development Director Deborah Zack at 800-395-8080 Ext. 42 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on charitable giving to the Adirondack Mountain Club, Inc.
Adirondack Mountain Club, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.