ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) is pleased to announce the creation of the Dr. Norton G. Miller Memorial Fund in support of the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program and ADK’s science and science outreach efforts. The fund was established by the family of Dr. Miller to honor his lifelong love of natural history and his esteemed career in botany research, particularly in the Adirondacks.
The Norton G. Miller Memorial Fund is an endowment, permanently restricted to help sustain ADK’s efforts to protect New York’s alpine ecosystem. The principal is invested and a portion of the annual investment income is withdrawn annually for the specified purpose. The family’s goal is to grow the fund over time through continued contributions and earned interest. They welcome additional donations from those who wish to honor Dr. Miller and support this important work over time.
Now in its 31st season, the Summit Stewardship Program is a partnership between ADK, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Over time, the three-tiered approach that includes hiker education, trail maintenance, and scientific research has successfully addressed an alarming decline in alpine habitat. Staffed and managed by ADK, the Summit Stewardship Program receives further support from the other two partners as well as many generous donors, including the Adirondack 46ers, the #507 Fund, and REI. ADK is immensely grateful to the Miller Family for helping to fund this program and ADK’s future efforts to protect the Adirondack High Peaks through scientific research and outreach.
“The Adirondacks were the foundation of many of the research advances that defined Norton’s career,” states his son, Dr. Andrew Miller. “He was a vocal advocate for preserving natural lands with a special focus on the uniqueness of the Northeast alpine zones. It is a natural fit for our family to preserve his memory through an endowed fund to the Adirondack Mountain Club, which will be used to support the Summit Steward Program and aligned initiatives that work to protect the Adirondack alpine zone.”