|ANNUAL ADK NIAGARA FRONTIER CHAPTER PICNIC & MEETING
When: SUNDAY, JUNE 11th (Times & Events detailed below)
Where: Ellicott Creek Park CASINO (photo) – See Map, Click Here
Join your ADK FRIENDS for this NOT TO MISS annual event. Great for the whole family, new members and friends interested in ADK!
OUTINGS! WILDLIFE PRESENTATION! GREAT FOODS! POTLUCK DISHES! ELECTIONS OF NEW OFFICERS! FRISBIE GOLF! BEAN BAG TOSS!
TIMES & EVENTS:
12:00pm – BIKE – Ellicott Creek Park to Niagara Riverwalk bike trail (C) Kate Hacker (meet at the Casino). Ride will be 3 hours depending on the group preference. Mostly flat bike trails. Bring water and a snack/lunch. It’s mandatory to wear a helmet. Please have a bike in good condition, spare tube.
12:00pm – PADDLE on Ellicott Creek (C) Richard Schraven
2:00pm – Young Members FRISBEE GOLF (20-30 yr. olds)
Bring your own disks to play the course at the park. Meet at the Casino. Reach out if you have questions.
1:30pm – NATURE Hike – (C) Lynn and Doug Kenney (meet at the Casino)
3:30pm – WILDLIFE Presentation by “Wild Spirit” – Learn about the ecology of our area, owl anatomy, adaptations to flight and predator-prey relationships.
4:45pm – Water Balloon Toss – Grab a partner and see how long you last!
5:00pm – POTLUCK DINNER and GRILLED FOOD
6:30 – Meeting and Elections
Five unopposed elections:
Presentation of “Conservationist of the Year” Award to Diana Strablow
Looking Back to Guardian Angels of the Outdoors
Message From the Chair, Janet Kowalski
Fishing is a year-round passion in the Adirondacks, whether using a lure, fly or good old worms. With over 3000 fresh water lakes, rivers, streams and ponds, Adirondack Park is teeming with aquatic life. The Park has fantastic fresh-water fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, perch, walleye, northern pike, trout and more. However, anglers should be aware that mercury contamination is a problem and tends to be high in older, larger fish where mercury has become concentrated. With few exceptions, the NY Dept of Health recommends that children under 15 and women under 50 consume no fish caught in the Adirondack Park. For other age groups, most fish can be safely consumed 1-4 times per month. For more information see health.ny.gov.
As prevailing winds carry airborne mercury from Midwestern coal power plants, it falls on the Adirondacks in rain and snow, poisoning the fish. Bacteria convert mercury to methyl-mercury, which is easily absorbed by living things. This toxic form of mercury concentrates as it moves up the food chain to bigger fish, and can cause brain damage in fetuses and children. Nature enthusiasts need to remain diligent, calling for elimination of mercury air pollution, and encouraging corporations to balance public health and economic prosperity.
As science writer Rachel Carson wisely warned, “Man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.”
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
Slate of Candidates from the Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee presents the following candidates to be elected or re-elected at the Annual Meeting on June 11, as stipulated by the ADK-NFC Bylaws.
Mary is being nominated for a 2nd term beginning in September 2017. Rob, Cheryl and Kate are being nominated for 2nd terms starting in January 2018.
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!”
Conservation Committee Update
On May 13, the Conservation Committee held its annual cleanup of the Tillman Wildlife Area in Clarence. Eight members (Lynn Kenney, Janet Kowalski, Mary and Richard Schraven, Kevin and Elizabeth Bolt, Jay Wopperer and Linda Schmieder) picked up 5 big bags of garbage and 2 tires. The weather held out allowing the group to enjoy being outdoors with nature. ADK Niagara Frontier Chapter has been cleaning this area for years every spring.
The Conservation Committee is finalizing plans to conduct another Conservation Conversation. This year’s program, scheduled for September 16 at Daemen College, will focus on mitigating the effect of climate change. Our speakers will discuss unique initiatives that are currently being implemented or being researched to lessen the impact of climate change. Mark your calendars for this exciting event. More information will be included in future newsletters. Members who would like to be involved in this event, please let Lynn Kenney know.
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
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.
Special Message from the Chair, Janet Kowalski:
WE WELCOME TWO NEW MILLENIALS TO OUR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE!
Affiliate Membership of the Niagara Frontier Chapter:
ADK 46er Update: EIGHTY-ONE members in our chapter have accomplished this impressive goal since our 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: email@example.com).
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