NEXT GENERAL MEETING
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Location: Fellowship Hall – Amherst Community Church
6:30 PM | Map & Compass Workshop
As hikers, we are always told to carry a map and compass, but what are some of the best ways to use these tools before, after and during a hike? Join us to find out more and practice with your friends. Dr. Jerry Sultz, one of the founders of the Niagara Frontier Search and Rescue Team will give us some basic information on finding compass bearings, using a compass to make sure you are on the right course to your destination, and using a compass to help plan a hiking route. Jerry is also a former chapter chair with plenty of experience hiking locally and in the Adirondacks. He will give us a wonderful perspective!
After Dr. Sultz’s presentation we will practice taking compass bearings and walking in a given direction, and using a compass and topographic maps to plan a hike. Please bring a compass if you have one!
7:00 PM | Social Time — Meet & Greet plus Great Refreshments!
7:30 PM | General Meeting & Jay Burney Presentation
We are extremely excited to have Jay Burney for our October speaker! He is executive director of the Pollinator Conservation Association. Which is dedicated to raising awareness of pollinator conservation issues and developing strategies to both restore and conserve pollinators and associated biota. Jay is also coordinator of the Niagara River Greenway Pollinator Partnership and will be discussing some of the amazing projects he’s involved in along the waterfront and western New York region. To find out more on this fascinating topic go to www.pollinatorconservationassociation.org
Hope to see you all at Jays presentation!
Message From the Chair
Last Tuesday, we held our first meeting of our new year, and it was a great one. The annual ice cream social and slide show is one of my favorite chapter events. I am always amazed by the variety of places there are to explore!
Congratulations to the latest group of 46ers we honored at the meeting. Becoming a 46er is a worthy goal and quite an accomplishment.
Registration is now open for the ADK Fall Outing near Watkins Glen.
Autumn is upon us, and with it, peak day hiking weather. On Saturday, I attended a hike in the McCarty Hills State Forest south of Ellicottville. We are very fortunate in Western New York to have so many parcels of state and county forestland available for recreation.
Many of the trails there are maintained by the WNY Mountain Bicycling Association (WNYMBA). This organization develops and maintains trails throughout our area. They also produce wonderful maps. All of their trails are multiple use. We should be very grateful to them for this work. This is a great example of how different groups can contribute, each in their own way, to achieving common goals.
Speaking of different outdoor groups, hunting season is approaching. During this time, please be aware of locations where hunting is permitted, and use caution when in those places.
Enjoy the fall weather. I hope to see you out there
–Paul M. Gannon
Next Conservation Committee Meeting
Tuesday October 16th from 7-9pm | All members welcome Gander Outdoors Lodge, 880 Young St., Tonawanda 14150
Keeping an Eye on Tonawanda Coke
Tonawanda Coke Corp. continues to be in the news, as the company continues to pollute the air. On behalf of our chapter’s Conservation Committee, member Ellen Gibson wrote a letter indicating the negative impact the company has had on local citizens and recreation. As requested, the letter was emailed to the Grand Island Supervisor to be printed and presented to Judge Skretny on Sept. 19.
Buffalo’s Outer Harbor News
“$5 million project will feature a one-mile nature walk, four-acre lawn space, and an overlook to look out onto Lake Erie.”, and is expected to be completed by May 2019. This info is per stories in the local news the week of Sept. 15. We’ll keep an eye on that, as well as any proposals for development closer to Times Beach.
Benson Mine Site Cleanup
On your next drive to the Adirondacks along NYS Route 3 east of Star Lake, you might notice some of the dilapidated buildings of Benson Mines, closed since 1978, have been removed. Around 1990, it was discovered that hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel oil are floating on the water table below the site. Attempts at clean-up have been sporadic but revived in 2012, at the same time it was declared a state Hazardous Waste Site. Today, the cleanup is aided by a state spill fund paid for by an excise tax on oil. Read the excellent article by Tim Rowland in the September 7 issue of ‘Adirondack Explorer’, in print or on-line.
Tonawanda Bike Trail Enhancements
City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis announced a $500,000 grant by the Ralph C Wilson Jr Foundation towards bike trail enhancements to the City of Tonawanda, specifically earmarked for the area in and around Tonawanda’s Intermodal Hub, and on Young St. where the existing rail-trail will be extended north.
RECYCLE! Batteries and Bulbs
We’re going to revive the practice of allowing members to bring in certain items for recycling if you’re unable to take these items directly to collection sites at stores such as Home Depot and Lowe’s, I will collect those specific household items at our chapter meetings (no large quantities, please). Items accepted for recycle include non-leaking rechargeable batteries, such as from power tools, cell phones, & laptops (no AA, AAA, C, D, or 9 volt single use batteries, please). Other items for recycle include common indoor or outdoor compact fluorescent bulbs that are not broken (NO broken lights and NO fluorescent tubes will be accepted). We’ll also recycle clean PLASTIC shopping or grocery bags.
The next state ADK Conservation Meeting will be in Albany on November 3. Our chapter rep, Lynn RehfeldKenny, will attend and submit a report.
All chapter members are welcome to attend our monthly Conservation Committee meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month—details for October are below.
–Bob Van Hise, Chair
Attacks on the environment never stop. To learn the latest environmental news, join the Conservation Committee!
RECOGNITION: Award Recipients Honored at Picnic
Volunteer of the Year Award
Conservationist of the Year Award
In particular they recognized Carol Mongerson, who was the founder and leading member of the Coalition on West Valley Nuclear Wastes until she passed, Maria Maybee from the Seneca Nation of Indians and Kathy McGoldrick.
The recipients are as follows:
Congratulations to our Chapters Recent 46ers!!
The climbers listed below were celebrated at the September 11, 2018 ADK General Meeting as new 46ers. Bravo!
Name, Final Peak
2nd Round of 46:
Beth Hartz from Clarence climbed Gothics this summer to finish her 46 High Peaks!
ANNOUNCEMENT: 46ER FLAG
ADK 46er Update: Nearly 100 members in our chapter have accomplished this impressive goal since the chapter’s formation in 1971. To add your name, send it to Cheryl Peluso, email@example.com, or call Kate Hacker at 688-8618. If you don’t have a number because you didn’t register we can still add you to our 46er list.
Many Niagara ADK members are currently working towards this objective. 46er Lynn Kenney is the keeper of our chapter’s official 46er banner, an impressive prop to display from the summit of your 46th peak. Please contact Lynn if your completion is imminent, to borrow the banner and properly photo your achievement! (Lynn Kenney: 716-825-7329).
DIRECTOR’S REPORT, Rob Laing:
I attended the Adirondack Mountain Club annual meeting and quarterly Directors meeting in Lake George on April 1. There are typically up to 50 people attending these meetings, including chapter Directors, club officers, club staff and committee chairs. This meeting also included a Directors roundtable, which I’ll mention later, but in total we spent over 6 hours discussing past performance, current status and future direction of the club. The annual meeting reviewed the financial performance of the club for 2016 – in summary 2016 was a solid year: operating surplus, increasing revenues, increased donations and increasing membership. Not spectacular performance, but solid performance.
2016 also saw the start of a major reconstruction project at the Heart Lake property. ADK received a 3:1 matching grant from NYS to improve the High Peaks Information Center and the surrounding facilities and campground. The HPIC was closed late in October 2016 and reopened in February of this year. The interior was completely gutted and rebuilt. A new well was also dug in the fall. Exterior finishing will commence once the weather indicates winter is over. The next steps will be construction of a new washhouse, concession area, new septic and new campground loop. The existing washhouse will be renovated as well, however that will not happen until the end of the project. Over 600 hours of volunteer effort went into the reconstruction of the HPIC with some local chapter members participating.
An ongoing concern has been increased use (overuse?) of the Eastern High Peaks region. With the increased use have come parking and traffic issues, waste disposal issues and backcountry abuse. The effort to address this started last year and will continue this year. This is a complicated issue and if anyone wants to discuss in more detail please contact me, but to summarize: discussions are ongoing with the State DOT regarding traffic and parking, education efforts are ongoing to address waste disposal and LNT efforts in the backcountry, and discussions are ongoing with the DEC about reopening the UMP for the Eastern High Peaks region.
Some conservation issues that ADK will take a public stance on include:
Finally, we started the day with a Directors Roundtable. An effort is being made to assist less active club chapters to increase local participation: whether that means increasing local chapter outings or having an increased voice on local conservation issues is up to each individual chapter to decide where to focus. We are lucky in the Niagara Frontier Chapter that we have an active chapter with many dedicated volunteers. Other chapters around the state are not as lucky and we, as Directors, are attempting to share ideas on what makes our chapter successful. This is something that will precede each Directors meeting for the foreseeable future until we run out of ideas to talk about.
Calling All Young Members!
The Young Members subgroup of the Niagara Frontier chapter is looking forward to another great year of events specially designed for members in their 20s and 30s. The goal of the Young Members subgroup is to promote greater participation and membership of young members through special events for them and communications from me, the Young Members Coordinator. My name is Deena Mueller and I recently joined the Niagara Frontier chapter. In the next few months, I will be reaching out to young members by email and Facebook to inform you of events and seek your input on what events you want the Young Members subgroup to organize. Until then, you can email at firstname.lastname@example.org about your suggestions and to let me know that you’d like to be a part of the Young Members group. Cheers! – Deena Mueller
Here’s a fun way to display the wonderful opportunities offered by ADK!
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ADK-NFC Meeting Cancellation Policy
ADK-NFC Bylaws Changes
Gerry Rising Pens New Essay for ADK Chapter Visit
Affiliate Membership of the Niagara Frontier Chapter:
ADK CARES about:
- HIKE – Deer Lick Conservation Area – 10/14/18
- PEDAL & PADDLE – Niagara Parkway and River to Niagara on the Lake – 10/13/18
- BIKE – Wilson-Tuscarora State Park – 9/16/18
- Great Camp Sagamore Weekend – 9/21-24/18
- Conservation Trail through Hunters Creek – 9/22/18
- Bike Ride Circumnavigation of Grand Island – 9/8/2018
- Bike Ride from Lockport to Royalton Ravine Park- 8/11/18
- Devil’s Hole and Whirlpool Rapids Hike — 8/26/18
- Oswegatchie Canoe Camping (8/6– 8/8)
- Klondike Lean-To Privy Re-made ’18