Next GENERAL MEETING – Tuesday, February 13, 2018 (Program starts at 6:30pm)
Location: Fellowship Hall – Amherst Community Church
6:30: EDUCATION – NATURE in WINTER
We will explore some of the ways wildlife adapt to winter, wildlife signs you can spot while hiking, skiing and snowshoeing, and some of the best places to spot wildlife in winter. We will also explore ways to be more nature aware all year long with the science of phenology.
We will meet in the community room adjacent to our main meeting room from 6:30 until 7:15. Please come prepared to learn and share your knowledge as well. We are always looking for new topics for our workshops. Please contact your education chair, Teresa Corrigan at TeresaCorrigan85@gmail.com if you have ideas or questions!
7:00: SOCIAL HALF-HOUR – Meet & Greet plus Great Refreshments!
7:30: MEETING – Brief Announcements & Committee Reports
7:45: PRESENTATION: ICE VOLCANOES – DAVE McQUAY, NATURALIST; NEW YORK STATE PARKS
Learn about Lake Erie ice volcanoes which transform the winter ice into a bizarre lunar like ice-scape of craters, cones, ice caves and ice sculptures! Along the lakes’ shoreline large ice cones form and erupt through the ice volcano vents like geysers shooting water high into the air.
Discover spectacular ice volcanoes and more with a Powerpoint presentation spanning the last 10 years of Lake Erie ice formations!
Question and answer period to follow.
NOTE: ADK-NFC General Meeting Cancellation Policy – If Amherst Schools or Amherst After-School Activities are cancelled then the General Meeting (2nd Tuesday of the month) will also be cancelled. This will be reinforced with an Email to the Membership, a Facebook posting and a Notice on this Web Page.
Message From the Chair, Paul Gannon
I want to continue my efforts to promote Ambassadorship in chapter members by encouraging everyone to continue to display excellent behavior while engaging in ADK activities.
We live in difficult times. Our country seems to be split into separate camps. Civil discourse has suffered. True, perhaps. But what has that got to do with ADK, you might ask?
Well, ADK is a public organization. We conduct our business in full view of others. We even have non-member guests attend our functions. ADK is also a political organization. We were founded to protect the Forest Preserve. One of our pillars is environmental advocacy. We maintain a Public Affairs office in Albany that employs lawyers and lobbyists, and our dues support that function.
There is an old saying, that if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. I want ADK and our chapter to be part of the solution.
We will always be passionate defenders of the environment, and environmental science. If those activities cause others distress, then so be it. However, there are ways to advocate for our beliefs while still maintaining a sense of decorum. As the Desiderata says, “… as far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others … they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are a vexation to the spirit.”*
When on an ADK outing, use discretion when discussing issues that are not related to our activities, especially when you are around other people that you do not know well.
From time to time, you may encounter individuals who engage in outdoor pursuits that differ from our core activities, such as hunters and snowmobilers. Remember that they also love the outdoors, although in different ways. While we may not always agree on the means, they can be allies in our efforts to protect the environment. If one of them approached us, would they be welcome? I believe that they would. It is up to each of us to ensure that they are.
We have an opportunity to set an example that others may follow. This example will bring further honor to a wonderful organization. In doing so, each of us will serve as an Ambassador for our club. Let us continue to take advantage of that opportunity.
* The Desiderata, by Max Erhmann 1927
Conservation Corner, Lynn Rehfeld-Kenney, Chair
The Conservation Committee meeting will be held at Ann Lazroe’s home on Tuesday, February 20th at 7:00pm. Call (716) 689-1861 for directions.
The Conservation Committee is working on an exciting new project proposed by new members, Kim Downing and Joseph Schretzman. The committee plans on providing information on what types of native plants are good to plant in your yard instead of purchasing non-native annuals each year. Native plants provide homes to native butterflies and animals for you to enjoy. We are in the process of arranging for a knowledgeable speaker and hope to provide club members an opportunity to either purchase or possibly obtain some free native plants.
Attacks on the environment never stop. To learn the latest environmental news, join us at the next Conservation Committee meeting!
Newsletter Editor Needed!
Our Chapter Newsletter, known as THE NIAGARA EXPLORER, needs an Editor! This individual would compile documents submitted by various Board Members and create an informative and appealing monthly publication. Basic computer skills are needed. You will have a template to work with, and can create graphics as room allows. This is an automatic board position with a great team! Contact Interim Newsletter Editor Deena Mueller (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chair Paul Gannon (email@example.com).
Congratulations to our Chapters Recent 46ers!!
The climbers listed below were celebrated at the September 12 ADK General Meeting as new 46ers. Bravo!
46er #, Name, Date Completed, Final Peak
TBD, Mike Hilburger, 8/26/17, Skylight
Beth Hartz from Clarence climbed Gothics this summer to finish her 46 High Peaks!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com about your suggestions and to let me know that you’d like to be a part of the Young Members group. Cheers! – Deena Mueller
ADK Adventure Travel: BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS!
The newest ADK Adventure Trips include Hut-to-Hut Backpacking in Norway, Hiking Alaska’s Denali National Park, Cycling throughout Germany’s Wine Country, and Hiking in Finland’s National Parks. Look for details in the Adirondac July/August issue, or on the adk.org website.
ADK-NFC Member Paul Gannon recalls a recent ADK Adventure Travel trip to the Canadian Rockies: “Do you love the outdoors? Enjoy our local club trips? Consider taking part in ADK Adventure Travel. Every edition of Adirondac lists club- sponsored trips around the world. I have attended three of them so far, most recently one to the Canadian Rockies last fall. Based out of the Lake Louis Inn, every day we drove to a different trail head in Banff National Park for a wonderful day hike in the spectacular Canadian Rockies. I enjoyed the company of fellow ADK members, who are some of the best people I know. It was literally a life-changing experience for me. Next spring, I will take a float trip through the desert canyons of Utah along the San Juan River. There are still openings. Maybe you will join me. See you out there!”
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
WE WELCOME TWO NEW MILLENIALS TO OUR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE!
Gerry Rising Pens New Essay for ADK Chapter Visit
Affiliate Membership of the Niagara Frontier Chapter:
ADK CARES about:
- Letchworth State Park – 2/18/18
- Laura Secord Trail, part 2 – 2/17/18
- Grand Island Snowshoe – 2/10/18
- Laura Secord Trail, part 1 – 2/3/18
- Franklin Gulf Hike – 1/27/18
- ADK Tug Hill Winter Outing – 1/19-21/18
- XC Ski at Knox Farm Park – 12/30/17
- Zoar Valley Hike – 12/10/17
- Deer Lick Nature Sanctuary – 11/12/17
- Bruce Trail Hike, Part 3 – 11/4/17