Special Event: 2017 CONSERVATION CONVERSATION Click here for details

Next GENERAL MEETING – Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Location: Fellowship Hall – Amherst Community Church
77 Washington Highway, Snyder NY 14226
NOTE: Please park in rear and enter through back door (walk up to 2nd floor)


PLEASE PLAN TO SHARE THE ADVENTURE FUN you’ve had over the past year with fellow ADK members at the Annual ADK Members 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. Your slides will offer great suggestions for future trips for all of us!

E-mail up to 10 digital photos to Slide Organizer Doug Gaffney (dgaffney@roadrunner.com) by MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11.

The traditional ICE CREAM SOCIAL will begin at 7 PM, and the General Meeting and Slide Show will start at 7:30.

The program for the evening includes:

  • 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
  • ADK Ministore – Visit the Ministore and pre-order popular ADK items for holiday gifts, with no shipping costs! (details below)
  • Recent 46ers Honored – Celebrate recent ADK members who have climbed the 46 Highest Peaks! (details below)
  • Annual Members Slide Show – Share 10 PICTURES showing your favorite outdoor adventures over the past year

Visit the ADK NFC Ministore at the September Meeting and Save Money on Popular ADK Items, Trail Guides and Maps!

Purchase some HOT ADK ITEMS at the September 12 General Meeting and SAVE SHIPPING FEES! A small number of popular ADK items will be for sale, including ADK water bottles, travel mugs, glass-etched pint glasses, shot glasses, High Peaks-mapped bandanas, gorgeous 2018 ADK calendars, plus a variety of ADK Trail Guides and maps from various regions throughout Adirondack Park.

PRE-ORDER AND PRE-PAY at the September meeting, and they will be delivered at the October meeting! Fantastic gifts! This is a fun way to support ADK and celebrate their valuable missions to protect our Wilderness.

New 46ers to be Honored at the September Meeting!

Young Member Beth Hartz climbed Gothics to finish her 46 High Peaks in 2017!

Hikers who have recently completed the 46 High Peaks will be celebrated at the September 12 General Meeting! Please contact Outings Chair Mary Schraven (maryschraven1@gmail.com) if you became a 46er within the past 3 years. All previous 46ers are encouraged to participate! This is a fun way to inspire Aspiring 46ers and others who are contemplating this feat, and also a suitable occasion to appreciate the Glorious Adirondack Park and all it offers.

Already a 46er? We want you on our list! Loretta Yerke, who is a long term member of our chapter and former ADK Newsletter editor, made up a list of all of our chapter 46ers in 2008. Wilma Cipolla and Loretta thought we should update the list to include all of the new 46ers since then. If you don’t have an official 46er number because you didn’t register we can still add you to the list. The list is posted on this website – visit Our Chapter’s 46ers. To add your name, send it to Cheryl Peluso, cherylp17@verizon.net, or call Kate Hacker at 688-8618

Message From the Incoming Chair, Paul Gannon

It was an honor to be chosen as your new chapter chair. I am looking forward to serving you during my upcoming term. I want to thank Janet for her hard work and dedication to our club during her time in office. I hope to follow her example.

Enjoy the rest of this beautiful summer. I look forward to seeing photos and hearing stories of your adventures at our ice cream social in September.

See you all then, Paul M. Gannon

Looking Back: Message from the Outgoing Chair, Janet Kowalski

It has been a Great Honor to serve as the Niagara Chapter Chair and to support ADK’s noble missions to protect and enjoy the Waterways and Wilderness of New York State.

Please welcome Incoming Chair Paul Gannon, a dedicated and enthusiastic participant for ADK projects and missions.

Some parting sentiments…
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks” John Muir
“Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better” Albert Einstein
“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” Frank Lloyd Wright “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings” John Muir

Happy Trails!
Janet Kowalski

Conservation Corner, Lynn Rehfeld-Kenney, Chair

  • The Conservation Committee meeting will be held at Jay Wopperer’s home on Tuesday, September 19th at 7:00pm. Call #866-8499 for directions. Join us and find out the latest information on what is happening in your community and state.
  • Hope you can join us for the Conservation Conversation on September 16th. See the Conservation webpage (click here) for the lineup of dynamic and knowledgeable speakers on “Mitigating Climate Change”.
  • The Hemlock Wooly Adelgid has been found near Lake George in the Adirondacks. This is the first case of HWA in the Adirondacks. Efforts are underway to eliminate this hopefully localized infestation.
  • A hearing was held on August 4th against several Erie County landowners who are refusing to allow the National Fuel Company to build the Northern Access Pipeline on their property. National Fuel’s lawsuit claims the company can use eminent domain to force the landowners to allow them to build the pipeline on private property. There is concern that gas leaks could negatively impact the land and numerous waterways as the gas travels from the gas pumps in Pennsylvania, through the southern tier and into Niagara County. There is a concern that eminent domain proceedings, which are used for the public good, would be used for private profit in this case. The outcome is unknown at this time.
  • Check out the Conservation Committee meeting! We are looking for members who want to make a difference by protecting our environment.

Attacks on the environment never stop. Join the Conservation Committee to see how you can help.

Join the ADK Niagara Frontier Chapter “Conservation Conversation” on September 16, 2017
The Adirondack Mountain Club – Niagara Frontier Chapter Conservation Committee is presenting a “Conservation Conversation” on September 16, 2017. This year’s topic is: “Mitigating Climate Change”. This program will discuss methods that are currently being utilized or are being researched to decrease the effect of climate change on people, communities and aquatic ecosystems. This program is offered at no charge as part of an educational outreach to educate individuals, policy makers and community activists about climate change and how each one of us can participate in decreasing the effect it has on the planet. Our expert speakers will share a wealth of knowledge on a topic they are passionate about. Please visit the ADK – NFC Conservation web page for more information – – Click here for details.


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:
• Opposition to the NYS proposal of dining and lodging facilities on the forest preserve.
• Opposition to the NYS proposal of a hotel on Goat Island
• Opposition to the 2018/2019 NYS Constitutional Convention
• Support for including an amendment to the NYS Constitution for an Environmental Bill of Rights.

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.
As always, if anyone would like more information on any topic please don’t hesitate to contact me at rlaing537@gmail.com.

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 deena.mueller1@gmail.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 members have a smorgasbord of outings to choose from, including year-round local outings, and an enticing variety of challenging trips to Adirondack Park. Members can also travel around the world with the ADK Adventure Travel Program, and spend fun-filled days with like- minded ADK members at some of the most exciting destinations on the planet. Qualified ADK Adventure Travel Leaders offer knowledge, experience, and helpful advice to insure these are Trips of a Lifetime.

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!

To enlarge the image, click here.

ADK-NFC Meeting Cancellation Policy
The Executive Committee approved a new policy coordinate the decision to cancel the Monthly General Meetings with the Amherst Central School Closings. Since the Amherst Community Church property abuts Amherst High School, the winter weather conditions that warrant school closings will also dictate our General Meetings. When Amherst Schools or After School Activities are cancelled on the day of our ADK meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, then our monthly general meeting will be cancelled. Cancellation news will be reinforced with emails and Facebook postings.

ADK-NFC Bylaws Changes
Minor modifications to our chapter bylaws will be voted on for approval by membership at our Annual Picnic/meeting on June 11.

  • Chair/Vice-chair terms: “The Chair and Vice Chairs may be reelected for one 2-year term and can later be reelected after at least a 1-year vacancy”
  • Addition of Appointed Position: “Historian: Assembles and safely stores hard copies of ADK-NFC Newsletters, Annual History Reports, and other important documents in order to provide a historical chapter record and reference library to support future ADK operations.”

Advocacy Updates
Consistent with the ADK mission to protect the Waterways of New York State, the ADK-NFC Executive Committee has voted to support the following endeavors:

  • Our Outer Harbor (OOH): We joined the OOH Coalition, a group of WNY advocacy groups dedicated to preserving the public trust on Buffalo’s waterfront. Any development of the public properties in the Outer Harbor must benefit the wider public, be water dependent, and support the unique natural character of the Outer Harbor.
  • Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: ADK signed a letter circulated by HOW (Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition) urging the federal government to not cut funding to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a federal program that has helped to remove water pollution and harmful algae from the Lakes.
  • Northern Access Pipeline: ADK supports the DEC decision to stop the natural gas pipeline proposed to transport natural gas from PA to Canada, which would intersect and threaten over a hundred waterways and wetlands that marble the WNY landscape.

Special Message from the Chair, Janet Kowalski:
Gerry Rising Pens New Essay for ADK Chapter Visit
At our monthly meeting on January 10, Gerry Rising, ADK member and former Buffalo News ‘Nature Watch’ Columnist, honored us with an evening to remember, as we listened attentively to Gerry read personal essays from his new book titled “Birds and Birdwatchers”. Inspired by this special occasion with ADK friends, 46-er Gerry shared a newly-composed essay with the group describing unforgettable personal tales of some of his High Peaks adventures. He graciously agreed to share his new essay with our chapter. Click here to view Gerry’s essay, “Two Climbs.”

We are delighted to introduce 2 new young members of our Executive Committee!

  • MARY KATHRYN NOACK, Electronics Communications Chair – Mary Kathryn loves the Adirondacks and is an avid explorer of the Adirondack Region. A SUNY at Buffalo graduate with a degree in Communications, Mary Kathryn has extensive management and technology experience with numerous projects affiliated with UB. In addition, Mary Kathryn volunteers at the DEC Nature Preserve at Reinstein Woods, and is very knowledgeable about Beavers! Mary Kathryn’s sweet personality and cheerful spirit are wonderful additions to our group.
  • DEENA MUELLER, Young Members Coordinator – Deena is an avid outdoorswoman who enjoys all winter sports in addition to hiking, paddling and mountain climbing! Originally from Chicago, Deena is an attorney and has lived in WNY for about 4 years. Deena has enthusiastically embraced the Young Member Chair position, reaching out to members in their 20s and 30s for both local and Adirondack adventures, starting with a Vertical Climbing outing on Saturday April 8. Deena’s dedication and eager enthusiasm are fantastic additions to our Board.

Join the ADK Niagara Frontier Chapter!
Click here to visit the ADK website. Select a Membership Type and Number of Years. Under Chapter, select Niagara Frontier.

Affiliate Membership of the Niagara Frontier Chapter:
We welcome ADK members of other Chapters to become Affiliate Members of the Niagara Frontier Chapter! Affiliate Members receive our monthly newsletter and may attend our chapter outings and events. Annual dues are $5. Contact the ADK Membership office to arrange Affiliate Membership: (518) 668-4447 or laurie@adk.org

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, cherylp17@verizon.net, 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).

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