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By the Numbers: 2020 Professional Trail Crew Season

2021-01-26T08:57:32-05:00

The season that almost didn’t happen. Three months later, following a spring of uncertainty during which the program was nearly cancelled due to the pandemic, ADK’s (Adirondack Mountain Club’s) professional trail crew is officially done for the 2020 summer season. With a smaller team than usual, the professional trail crew READ MORE

After 100 Years, A New Plan

2021-01-26T08:57:32-05:00

A Letter from the Bylaws Working Group to ADK Membership: In a little more than a year, ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) will begin celebrating its centennial anniversary. This, in and of itself, is an achievement. In 1921, several dozen people met in New York City, with a single, lofty goal READ MORE

Invasive Species Highlight: Hydrilla

2021-01-26T08:57:32-05:00

What is Hydrilla? Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata) is a submerged aquatic invasive plant that looks similar to the native American waterweed (Elodea canadensis) and also appears similar to another aquatic  invasive plant, Brazilian elodea (Egeria densa). Hydrilla has visibly serrated leaves that grow in whorls of four to eight, and small READ MORE

Leave No Trace Center Releases Final Report for Building Wildland Stewardship in the Adirondack Park

2021-01-26T08:57:32-05:00

Benjamin Brosseau Director of Communications 518-523-3441, ext. 114 (work) 518-217-8072 (cell) ben@adk.org Lake Placid, NY – August 24, 2020 – The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has released a finalized report with recommendations for managing recreation-related impacts in the Adirondack Park. A preliminary report was distributed back in February READ MORE

Invasive Species Highlight: Brittle Naiad

2021-01-26T08:57:32-05:00

What is Brittle (European or Spiny) Naiad? Brittle Naiad (Najas minor) is a submerged aquatic invasive plant with thin stiff leaves that have serrated edges. The serrations on leaf edges are visible without magnification. Native versions of naiad also have serrated leaves but these are tiny and require magnification to READ MORE

Trail Work Report: Mount Haystack

2021-01-26T08:57:32-05:00

Continuing a project started in 2019, ADK’s (Adirondack Mountain Club’s) professional trail crew returned to Mount Haystack—the third tallest peak in New York State—for a two-week stretch to finish constructing a series of cairns on the mountain’s summit. Working from the col with Little Haystack all the way to tree READ MORE

Invasive Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Reported in Lake George

2021-01-26T08:57:32-05:00

Just weeks after the invasive Emerald Ash Borer was discovered for the first time in the Adirondack Park, another invasive species has been found within the boundaries of the Blue Line: Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA). First recorded in the Adirondack Park in 2017 on Prospect Mountain in Lake George, HWA READ MORE

Summit Stewardship Program Releases 2020 Mid-Season Report

2021-01-26T08:57:32-05:00

This season has been challenging for the program. We all have had to make sacrifices for the safety of our neighbors and loved ones. I want to take a moment to thank you all for your patience, resilience and activism in these trying times. We’ve all had to adapt and READ MORE

How You Can Help Stop Emerald Ash Borer

2021-01-26T08:57:32-05:00

The Adirondack Park learned concerning information last week: for the first time, Emerald Ash Borer has been found within the boundaries of the Park. An invasive insect from northeast Asia, Emerald Ash Borer—commonly shortened to "EAB"—has been spreading throughout the United States since at least the early 2000s, but the READ MORE

Five Tips for Camping in the High Peaks Wilderness

2021-01-26T08:57:33-05:00

Known for its high alpine summits and forested valleys, the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness is one of the most popular outdoor destinations in the Northeast. Due to the remoteness of many of its mountains, visitors often choose to overnight camp in the backcountry, making places like Marcy Dam and Lake READ MORE