A huge thank you to Joe Allen for joining us this November and for a great lecture on re-introduction of Wolves to Northwest America!
To learn more about Joe’s work, check out September’s Buffalo Spree – Click here.
NEXT GENERAL MEETING
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 6:30pm
Location: Fellowship Hall – Amherst Community Church
For our December meeting, we will be branching away from our usual schedule for our annual Holiday Gathering. Please join us for an evening of general frivolity and fun!
Hope to see you all there!
Message From the Chair
In late September, I attended the wilderness first aid class sponsored by the Winter Mountaineering School. This brings up a subject that many people would rather not think about, which is the possibility of something going wrong while on an outing.
The two most likely scenarios that a hiker might face are spending an unplanned night out, and having to deal with an injury or illness. These are actually related. One of the things we learned in the class is that if one hiker has a medical problem, it affects the whole group. Everyone is exposed to the weather and environment while assisting their friend. If you are carrying the 10 Essentials, you are prepared for an unplanned night out and to assist a fellow hiker if required.
I was pleased that the instructors provided us with a spiral bound field guide to wilderness first aid, printed on water resistant paper, instead of a standard textbook. For most people, this reference is probably more valuable than a lot of first aid equipment that you might not remember how to use.
In any case, it is not practical to carry large amounts of first aid supplies in your pack.
In the class, we discussed how a number of items that a well-equipped hiker would have with them could be used to provide first aid. Items such as bandannas, safety pins, duct tape, foam pads, and trekking poles all have their uses. The ability to improvise is key.
I encourage everyone to give this issue serious consideration. Make it a habit to always carry the 10 Essentials on every outing. Take a wilderness first aid class. Unless you are an expert, carry a small first aid reference with you. Be open-minded about improvising as required. Knowing that you are prepared for emergencies will give you peace of mind and enable you to enjoy your outings without excess worry about what might happen.
–Paul M. Gannon
Next Conservation Committee Meeting
Tuesday, November 20th from 7-9pm | All ADK members welcome
Closing of Tonawanda Coke
Wind Power Update
Local Natural News Resource
RECYCLE! Batteries and Bulbs
Upcoming NY State Meeting
–Bob Van Hise, Chair
Attacks on the environment never stop. To learn the latest environmental news, join the Conservation Committee!
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
RECOGNITION: Award Recipients Honored at Picnic
Volunteer of the Year Award
Conservationist of the Year Award
The Adirondack Mountain Club Niagara Frontier Chapter, Conservation Committee presented their 2018 Conservationist of the Year award at the club’s annual June picnic at the Chestnut Ridge Park Commissioner’s cabin. This award recognized the members from various groups who have spent decades working towards a proper and complete clean-up of nuclear waste at the West Valley Demonstration Project in West Valley, NY. The recipients gratefully accepted the award in honor of all of the past and present coalition members for their dedicated advocacy and community activism.
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!
Two climbers were celebrated at the October 9, 2018 ADK General Meeting as new 46ers. Congratulations to Leslie Salathe and Patty Pikul!
The climbers listed below were celebrated at the September 11, 2018 ADK General Meeting as new 46ers. Bravo!
Name, Final Peak
And for 2nd Round of 46!
In 2017, Kristen Taylor completed a Winter round of 46 high peaks on Phelps (#8689W – 3/18/17). She completed a regular round on Saddleback on 9/24/14.
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.
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:
- ADK FALL OUTING – Finger Lakes Area – 10/26-28/18
- 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)