ATTENTION ALL ADK-NFC’ers
Now here is a unique volunteer opportunity!!!
SPECIAL MEETING – Tuesday, September 11, 2018
ICE CREAM SOCIAL & SLIDE SHOW
Location: Fellowship Hall – Amherst Community Church
7:00: ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Reconnect with ADK chapter friends after the summer break over ice cream and beverages. A great Welcome Back before the ADK Chapter updates and Slide Show
7:30: GENERAL MEETING & SLIDE SHOW
Recent 46ers will be Honored: Celebrate recent ADK members who have climbed the 46 Highest Peaks!
Annual Members Slide Show: Plan to share the adventure & fun you’ve had over the past year with fellow ADK members at the Annual Slide Show! Start thinking about TEN pictures you’d like to present! They can be from one outing or a few. It’s always fun to see what others have experienced. They are great suggestions for future trips for all of us!
Send 10 pictures to Slide Organizer Doug Gaffney by Monday, September 10. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Message From the Chair, Paul Gannon
Well, the beautiful warm weather has finally arrived. Our annual picnic is always a perfect kick-off to our summer schedule.
I just got back from a trip to the Adirondacks. Two of my friends are planning a very ambitious hike in the fall. They are going to complete the Wonderland Trail loop around Mount Rainier. They wanted to do a shakedown hike and invited me to go along. We spent three days backpacking part of the Northville-Placid Trail along the shore of Long Lake.
This trip reminded me, once again, how fortunate we are to have such a magnificent park within a one-day drive of Buffalo. Miles of woodlands, streams, and lakes, with trails and lean-tos, and all on public land, free for anyone to use.
This wonderful asset is under threat, from increased use coupled with decreased funding and maintenance. We were surprised and a little disappointed at the condition of parts of the route. There were sections with massive amounts of blow down, large patches of mud, and missing markers.
This illustrates the importance of your support of ADK and the work our club does to protect the Adirondacks. Without this effort, who knows what condition they would be in? So, if you ever wonder whether your membership is worth the cost, I can assure you that it is. So, when the time comes to renew, please do so right away.
–Paul M. Gannon
Conservation Corner — Lynn Rehfeld-Kenney, Chair
The Conservation Committee was busy in May and June promoting a healthy environment. Members organized the May Education Workshop and recommended Heidi Gee to be the general meeting speaker. She spoke about the importance of planting native plant species in your own backyard to provide homes and nourishment for pollinators, insects and the birds that feed on them. This was followed up by an informative display at the June picnic regarding information on organic cleaning products that will not harm the environment. The committee topped this off by providing several free cleaning products and sponsoring a drawing for milkweed plants, a rain barrel and a composter to encourage all club members to protect our planet.
Thank you to Jay Wopperer, and Lynn and Doug Kenney for completing the Adopt-A-Highway clean-up on the roads surrounding the Tillman Wetlands area in Clarence. Three large bags of garbage, a tire and multiple large boxes were picked up this year. There will be another opportunity to help with the fall clean-un in September.
ADK legislative staff and state legislators were successful in convincing the state legislators not approve the recommendation by Governor Cuomo’s budget staff to change how the tax base costs were determined for the Catskill and Adirondack Parks. Such a change would have resulted in local governments voting against any new land acquisitions in the future. The empty oil tanker railroad cars parked on the spur railroad track leading to the Tahawus Mine in the Adirondacks are being removed thus preventing the remaining oil left in the tankers from leaking into the nearby river as the railroad cars rusted.
There are no Conservation Committee meetings scheduled for the summer. Conservation meetings will resume in September.
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 12 ADK General Meeting as new 46ers. Bravo!
46er #, Name, Date Completed, Final Peak
10,449, Mike Hilburger, 8/26/17, Skylight
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
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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