Your gift gives ADK the tools to continue this valuable work of expanding Leave No Trace skills and ethics outreach to the multitudes of hikers who visit the Catskills, the Adirondacks, and the parks across the state. We need your help to continue down this path toward our treasured, shared goal: protecting the wild places we hold dear.
Your donation today will allow the next generation of conservationists to get out there and fall in love with nature. You decide if you want to help younger children or teenagers. No matter which you choose, you are making a difference – being their hero!
NY State Forest Protector
You have an opportunity to make a tremendous difference in two ways. Your gift today will help ADK continue efforts to permanently protect the Boreas Ponds and to fight the spread of Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA). With your help, our team can continue efforts to have the Boreas Ponds classified as Wilderness and we can work to support the creation of bug factories to supply “Little Larry”. This effective bio-control can combat HWA in the Catskills and prevent further spread of this devastating disease. Make your gift this year for 2016 tax benefits.
ADK’s trails crews are the premiere trail maintenance infrastructure in New York State. The professional trail crew, the ‘trail engineers’, are essentially, the ‘muscle’ of the program. No other non-profit in NYS completes more trail work than ADK. ADK provides access to the some of the most remote, wild, and beautiful lands and waters this state has to offer. Preservation, protection, and responsible use are paramount to trail-building and maintenance.
All of these projects are made possible through your contributions. You are a trails champion.
Protect the Boreas Ponds
Your generous gift to ADK provides the tools we need to have the Boreas Ponds Tract classified as “wilderness”, which will protect this land from motorized uses. The Boreas Ponds Tract is 22,000 acres of prime wilderness land. This could be the last land holding of this size available to add to the High Peaks Wilderness in our lifetime. ADK is proudly partnering with the BeWildNY campaign and asks that you make a gift today and learn more about the BeWildNY campaign.
Three Seasons at Heart Lake
If you agree that ADK needs to reach the next generation and that students need time in nature, then please make your gift today. If you have ever wondered how kids today can live near New York State’s remarkable wild forest preserves and not know an eft from an elbow, then join us as we introduce them to the gift the state’s forebearers left for us all. Soon the wild waters and lands will be theirs to protect. Your gift today means 300 children will be better prepared to assume this responsibility.
Summit Stewardship Program
Donors who support the Summit Stewards are helping protect twenty-seven of New York’s rare, threatened, and endangered alpine plant species, an important component in fulfilling our Stewardship Mission.
Summit Stewards work atop Mt. Marcy and Algonquin every day of the week, five months of the year, and are positioned on seven other peaks throughout the season. Summit stewarding is hard, sometimes dangerous work, but it is sweetened by beautiful vistas. Although they may be wet, cold, tired, and talked-out, they will still say hello to you and engage you in conversation, hoping you will ask a question or want to listen as they interpret for you.
Your gift protects fragile alpine plants from hiker trampling. Some of these plants are so rare they are at risk of extinction.
Wilderness Legal Defense Fund
The ADK Wilderness Legal Defense Fund was established to ensure that ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) is able to pursue legal actions in a timely manner to protect our precious natural resources. ADK’s victory over the Lows Lake wilderness classification was a result of such necessary legal action. Legal battles are expensive and often take a long period of time. This fund readies ADK to take legal action, if and when necessary. ADK Wilderness Legal Defense Fund is being managed by Adirondack Foundation (previously Adirondack Community Trust).
Contact Lynn Shanks at 518.668.4447 ext. 23 for information about making a gift of stock or other assets.
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