December 4th, 2019

In 2018, 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, $34,000 in 2019, and will provide an additional $41,000 in 2020 towards those efforts. Last year, their support made trail projects in Avalanche Pass and on Mt. Colden possible.

This funding is essential for ADK’s stewardship efforts in the High Peaks Wilderness. As we enter the third year of our partnership, we would like to highlight the projects being supported by this funding over the summer of 2020.

ADK and Adirondack 46ers continue working together to protect alpine summits.

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.

A summit steward builds a rock wall

Ben Brosseau

“Thirty years of alpine stewardship have shown how critical the Summit Stewardship Program is to protecting fragile alpine plants through educational outreach.” says Summit Steward Coordinator Kayla White. “As visitor use increases in the High Peaks Wilderness, we are thankful for the generous support of the 46ers, which allows us to continue to educate, protect our alpine summits, and preserve the quality of the summit experience.”

Adirondack 46ers support trail projects in Avalanche Pass and on Haystack.

A trail crew member uses a bar to pry a rock

Ben Brosseau

The 46ers have committed $41,000 to ADK’s Professional Trail Crew for training, spring patrols and trail projects in Avalanche Pass and on Mt. Haystack. 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 $325,000 to ADK’s Professional Trail Crew and the High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program. “Once again, we see the incredible commitment of the Adirondack 46ers to stewardship in the High Peaks,” said Michael Barrett, Executive Director of ADK. “As we continue to reconcile promoting responsible outdoor recreation with the challenges presented by high use, this ongoing partnership between ADK and the 46ers is one reason to be optimistic.”

 


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.