Last year, ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) and the Adirondack 46ers (46ers) entered a three-year joint commitment to promote stewardship and conservation throughout the High Peaks Wilderness. The 46ers generously committed $71,000 in funding to protect trails and summits with ADK in 2018, and have provided an additional $34,000 this year towards those efforts. This funding is essential for ADK’s stewardship efforts in the High Peaks Wilderness. As we enter the second year of our partnership, we would like to highlight the projects being supported by this funding over the summer.

ADK and Adirondack 46ers work together to protect alpine summits, support Alpine Stewardship Gathering.

Building on last year’s support, the 46ers have pledged another $15,000 to support the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program, a partnership of ADK, The Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Support from the 46ers will help summit stewards continue their efforts in protecting New York’s rare alpine plants by educating hikers to be responsible recreationists.

“Summit Stewards have always played an important role in inspiring hikers, both new and experienced, to be stewards of our summits. The ever-increasing numbers of hikers pose new challenges,” says Summit Steward Coordinator Kayla White. “Thanks to the generosity of the 46ers, we’ll be able to continue to educate, protect our alpine summits, and preserve the quality of the summit experience.”

$3000 have also been pledged to support of the 2019 Northeastern Alpine Stewardship Gathering, which will take place on October 25-27 at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid. This annual gathering of alpine scientists, scholars, and stewards is an important aspect of alpine conservation in the Northeast, and marks an opportunity for us to develop further relationships to help preserve alpine summits in the Adirondacks.

Adirondack 46ers fund spring patrols and trail project in Avalanche Pass.

Trail crew members work on rock packing a new turnpike

Seth Jones

The 46ers have committed $31,000 to ADK’s Professional Trail Crew for training, spring patrols and for a trail project in Avalanche Pass.  ADK’s Professional Trail Crew performs intensive trail reconstruction using primarily hand tools and native materials. ADK’s trail work protects the natural resource along the sides of the trail by creating a corridor of durable surfaces for hikers to travel on.

The Adirondack 46ers have always been committed to the stewardship of the Adirondack High Peaks, putting their money where their feet are. Since 2002, the 46ers have contributed over $200,000 to ADK’s Professional Trail Crew and the High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program. “We greatly appreciate the support of the Adirondack 46ers and their work in addressing the high recreational use in the High Peaks region,” says Neil Woodworth, ADK’s executive director.

 


About ADK: ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and advocating for New York State’s wild lands and waters while also teaching people how to enjoy natural places responsibly. Since 1922, the organization has offered people opportunities to stay and play in as well as protect, discover, and explore the outdoors. Today, ADK has 30,000 members in 27 chapters statewide and is served by a professional, year- round staff. The organization is recognized as a vital voice in the commitment to environmental stewardship and ethical outdoor recreation in New York State.

About Adirondack 46ers: The Adirondack 46ers are dedicated to environmental protection, to education for proper usage of wilderness areas, to participation in New York State Department of Environmental Conservation-approved trail projects, and to the support of initiatives within the Adirondack High Peaks region by organizations with similar goals that enhance their objectives.