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October 30, 2017 (Lake Placid, NY) ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) and the Adirondack 46ers (46ers) have come together to promote stewardship and conservation throughout the High Peaks Wilderness. The 46ers have generously committed $71,000 in funding to protect trails and summits with ADK over the next three years. This funding is essential for ADK’s stewardship efforts in the High Peaks Wilderness.
The 46ers have pledged $15,000 a year for the next three years 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 (NYS DEC). Support from the 46ers will help summit stewards continue their efforts in protecting NY’s rare alpine plants by educating hikers to be responsible recreationists.
Summit Stewards protect New York’s alpine habitat through education, trail work, and research. These plants are found on the highest High Peaks and nowhere else in the state. The number of hikers visiting alpine summits has increased dramatically over the past six years. Summit Stewards spoke with 31,625 hikers on the summits in 2017, an increase of 12,000 since 2011. During the same period while hikers have been increasing in numbers, the Summit Steward Program has struggled to meet its funding needs. The 46ers have stepped in at a crucial time to close that funding gap.
“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.”
“The Adirondack 46ers are proud to partner with ADK in the protection of the mountains that we all love so much,” says Brian Hoody, President of the Adirondack 46ers.
Additionally, the 46ers have committed $26,000 to ADK’s Professional Trail Crew for training, spring patrols and for a trail project on Big Slide Mountain. 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.
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. For more information on membership or making a difference, head to www.adk.org or follow ADK on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
About 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.