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Note: General Meeting, usually help 2nd Tuesday of each month September through May, will resume again in September 2015

Annual Meeting and Family Picnic!  June 14, 2015

Don’t Miss This wonderful family event!

1:00 Arrival for snacks and soft drinks                                                                            1:30 Outings begin                                                                                                                            4:00 Workshops begin                                                                                                                     5:00 Picnic begins

Where:  Bison City Rod and Gun Club on Ohio Street, Buffalo

Donations gratefully accepted  

This urban location for our annual picnic is designed to bring everyone down to the waterfront to enjoy the newly created public access of the outer and inner harbors!  Bison City has a large, open shelter overlooking the river with lots of picnic tables as well as a cozy indoor hall for our use. Convenient put in for canoes and kayaks.  Ohio Street construction will be completed and it is the link between the 2 harbors we cyclists have been waiting for.  Children under 14 years of age must wear a life jacket when in the vicinity of the river. No swimming is permitted.  No lifeguard is on duty. Many thanks to trip leaders and workshop presenters!

Outings begin at 1:30 to about 3:30, Choose from:

  •  Nature Hike with Lynn and Doug Kenney (to be confirmed)
  • Biking along the Outer Harbor with JoAnn Ratajczak
  • Paddling on the Buffalo River with Bob Bohner
  • Hiking at nearby Tifft Farm Nature Preserve with Leslie Salute
  • Combination outing with Carolyn Kerr with a short paddle on Buffalo River, biking on the bike path to Wilkenson Point and a walk on Times Beach.
  • Some boats will be available to be borrowed if you would like to experience a beginner paddle and haven’t gotten a boat yet.

Beautiful outdoor and indoor picnic facilities

Workshops begin at 4:00, Choose from:

  • Lightweight backpacking with Paul Gannon
  • Map and Compass usage with Andy Urban
  • Canoe touring with paddling, portaging, and lightweight camping with Bob VanHise

Fabulous Potluck picnic dinner beginning at 5:00

  • Your ADK club will provide hot dogs, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers and Italian sausage on the grill, rolls, condiments and soft drinks and coffee.
  • Please bring your own table setting, cups and flatware to reduce our waste production.
  • Please bring a dish to pass, appetizer or snack, salad, fruit or veggie side dish or dessert with a serving utensil.
  • Yard games like ladder toss, volleyball, CanJam would also be fun!

Annual meeting and Conservationist of the Year Award presentation at 6:30

Thank you to all those who have agreed to help already!  This year’s picnic is sure to be our best one ever!

Still looking for 6 people willing to arrive early to help set up and 6 people who love to be the last ones to leave the party and will help clean up!

Please email Maryschraven1@gmail.com if you would be willing to help,  like to lead an outing, run a workshop, or just want to share a good idea with other outdoor enthusiasts.

APRIL PROGRAM REVIEW:  April Speaker JULIA GOREN: Protecting Gardens in the Sky

The ADK audience at the April meeting gained tremendous respect and admiration for the High Peaks Summit Steward Program. This impressive program is led by Julia Goren, a gifted speaker who provided beautiful photography to teach us about preservation of the hardy plants that live in Alpine Zones above the tree line on near-barren rock. These native plants persevere in the harsh conditions of Adirondack summits including extremely high winds and frigid temperatures. For every 1000 feet in elevation change Julia explained, temperatures decrease to mimic traveling 500 miles northward. In addition, the soil in the Alpine Zone is very acidic, ~ pH 3, similar to lemon juice. Julia’s research reveals that over 200 native plant species live in High Peaks Alpine Zones.

A few decades ago, alpine plants were threatened by hikers trampling on their delicate habitats. Julia explained that in this fragile ecosystem, walking across an area only 5 times can destroy the delicate plants that fight for survival there. The Summit Steward Program has established walkways above the tree lines on several High Peaks to dictate hiking paths that step lightly around the delicate alpine plants. They use rocks and cairns to mark walkways. The cairns are meticulously constructed to withstand winter winds and support a person’s weight. They station educators on the summits of many high peaks for several hours each day during the summer hiking months to talk to hikers about preserving alpine plants and answer general questions folks may have. These stewards are to be commended for their stamina and dedication, some hiking over 1000 mountain miles per season.

Julia showed dramatic “before and after” photographs depicting the success of the summit preservation efforts. The program will expand this summer to include additional high peaks. She shared stories of the visitors she encounters, most who want their picture taken, and others who require first aid or who are having a summit wedding.

Julia was recently appointed to be the new ADK Education Director, in addition to her Summit Steward position. During her visit she convened with the education leaders of our local chapter to offer advice and education guidelines. Julia was informative and inspiring, and a joy to have with us. One member of our audience told her it was “the best presentation he had ever heard at ADK!”

Submitted by Janet Kowalski

UPCOMING ADK PROGRAMS FOR 2015!

June 14: ADK Picnic at Bison City Rod and Gun Club, Ohio St, Buffalo, including:         Biking along the Outer Harbo Paddling on the Buffalo River Hiking at nearby Tifft Farm Nature Preserve Beautiful outdoor and indoor facilities

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