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Lake Placid, NY – June 3, 2020 – Amidst a global pandemic and a subsequent shortage of New York State funding, the Adirondack 46ers have stepped in to provide crucial support for the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program with an additional gift of $10,000 in 2020 and a commitment to providing $75,000 of support over the next three years. The Adirondack 46ers have historically been strong supporters of the program, including a total donation of $45,000 spread out over the last three years as part of a joint-committment made in 2017 between the 46ers and ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club). “The Adirondack 46ers continue to be stalwart supporters of the Summit Stewardship Program. Their commitment to protecting the rare ecosystems found in Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness is exemplary,” said Kayla White, Summit Steward Coordinator.
The Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program, a partnership program supported by ADK, The Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), works to protect the sensitive alpine vegetation found on 21 Adirondack summits. Working from Memorial Day through Columbus Day each year, summit stewards engage hikers in low-key informal interpretation with the public while also conducting trail maintenance, and alpine research. Since its founding in 1989, the program has been credited with supporting a remarkable recovery in alpine vegetation in the High Peaks Wilderness.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Summit Stewardship Program is operating with reduced seasonal staff this year and will be unable to cover some mountains as often as they have in years past. This crucial support from the 46ers ensures that the High Peaks Wilderness will have a consistent stewardship presence this summer and over the next several years. “The Adirondack 46ers’ continued commitment to the Summit Stewardship Program will be instrumental to the program’s continued success,” said Seth Jones, Education Director. With visitor numbers to the High Peaks Wilderness continuing to increase each year, the work of summit stewards is critical to protecting one of New York’s greatest assets.
In addition to supporting the Summit Stewardship Program this year, the 46ers are also supporting ADK’s Professional Trail Crew with a contribution of $41,000 in 2020. This constitutes over half of the trail crew’s operating budget, which has also been impacted by the pandemic, and will allow them to work on important projects in Avalanche Pass and on Mt. Haystack. “The Adirondack 46ers are proud to contribute to efforts to protect the wilderness and the experiences of hikers in the mountains we call home,” said Siobhan Carney-Nesbitt, President of the Adirondack 46ers.
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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. For more information on membership or making a difference, head to ADK.org or follow ADK on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
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.