Next GENERAL MEETING – Tuesday, May 8, 2018

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)


6:30: EDUCATION WORKSHOP — Planting It Forward: Adding Native Plants to our Gardens presented by Kim Downing & Joseph Schretzman 6:30–7:15pm

Join us as we look at the impact that our backyard and community gardens can have on our local environment. As ADK, we’re committed to conservation and ecological programs throughout Adirondack State Forest Preserve and Western New York. What’s probably news is that we can support those efforts literally in our own backyards and community gardens.
What’s a garden? As we develop more suburban and rural lots, we lose natural habitat. Incorporating native plants restores Nature-friendly habitat in our own backyards and neighborhoods.
What can I plant? In terms of meeting the needs of insects and birds, not all plants are created equal. Long-standing relationships are key. Native plants, including trees and shrubs, are the backbone of the Nature we take for granted. These plants provide food, shelter, and breeding areas for insects (including butterflies) and birds that many of us enjoy observing and studying.
What’s the impact? Plant an oak tree today. Tend it carefully for about 10 years, until it’s too large for the deer to kill it. The tree will mature in about 70 years, long after most of us will be gone. All the while, your oak tree feeds and shelters a variety of animals. That oak can live for several hundred years.
As ADK, we espouse Forever Wild. We understand that we are a part of Nature. Incorporating native plants in our gardens supports that ethic on a practical, personal, and local level.Take a free small potted native plant home with you for your garden!

Meets in the Community Room adjacent to the main meeting. Questions or suggestions on education workshops? Contact education chair Teresa Corrigan TeresaCorrigan85@gmail.com

7:00: SOCIAL HALF-HOUR — Meet & Greet plus Great Refreshments!

7:30: CHAPTER MEETING — Brief Announcements & Committee Reports

7:45: PROGRAM Importance of Native Plant Biodiversity in the Home Landscape presented by Heidi Gee, CNLP and Horticulturist

Heidi Gee has 25 years experience with the landscaping industry and works at Russell’s Tree and Shrub Farm LLC. She specializes in landscape design that has a purpose above and beyond beauty. Her use of native plant material brings diversity of life to your property. Heidi believes that biodiversity is the key to conservation and that “Conservation Starts at Home”. Her talk will both inspire you and give you practical ideas about what plants you can add to your yard to bring nature home and create a better environment for all.

LOOKING BACK – April Meeting | Presentation by Rebecca Reilly, Tactical Transportation and Volunteer Coordinator at GObike Buffalo

Rebecca Reilly from GObike Buffalo graciously filled in as our April Speaker after Twan Leenders from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute cancelled due to the flu. Rebecca had already conducted a Spring Readiness Bicycle Workshop for the Education Session, then skillfully sidestepped into the Main Room to give an energetic, informative presentation on the impressive initiatives GObike Buffalo has launched to make Buffalo a vibrant, bike-friendly community. Rebecca is a seasoned cyclist, having worked as a bike messenger for many years and has cycled in Norway and in other countries around the world. Her passion for bicycling pervaded her claims that biking stimulates healthy, cleaner and more connected communities. She explained the Buffalo Bicycle Facility Master Plan that GObike has created in collaboration with the City of Buffalo to encourage a more bike-friendly city as a key strategy to reenergize communities. GObike works with urban neighborhoods to paint bicycle crosswalks, install bike racks, and encourage employers to support bike ridership. They also advocate for Complete Streets, a national effort to support safe cycling with established bike lanes and crossings for riders of all levels. Try a Slow Roll with GObike soon, and catch the contagious Buffalo Bike enthusiasm! – Janet Kowalski

Message From the Chair, Paul Gannon

I was going to begin my message with an ode to Spring. However, this seems premature, considering our recent weather. I blame the family members who informed me over the weekend that they had put away their shovels and ice melter, thus angering the weather gods with their hubris.

Spring will eventually arrive, with all its usual glory. It is a time of renewal and rebirth. I hope everyone is looking forward to the opportunities it will provide for outdoor recreation.

Our chapter is likewise undergoing renewal. Dana and Lynn are coming to the end of their terms as Program and Conservation chairs. I want to thank them again for their service. New officers will be elected in their place at our picnic in June. Several members have stepped up and offered to become new trip leaders. We are still looking for co-chairs for hiking and winter outings. Please consider volunteering for one of those roles.

I look forward to seeing you out on the trails soon. – Paul M. Gannon


Chapter T-Shirt Sale

SAVE 40% THRU May 13: www.adkclubgear.com 

We have revived the wonderful chapter logo designed by long time member Tim Kerr. For a limited time, you may order new T- shirts bearing this image honoring our chapter and Western New York, at a great price. Order before May 13th and save 40%.

These shirts are Sport-Tek Posicharge Competitor Tees. Made from 100% polyester interlock, they are light, roomy, breathable, and moisture wicking. They are available in men’s and woman’s styles, in both short sleeve and long sleeve versions. Two colors are available – stealthy Forest Green and hi-visibility Neon Orange.

The shirts are being sold by Strictly Ts in Hamburg. They are setting up a webpage for our exclusive use. Ordering is simple. Just log on to www.adkclubgear.com, choose your products, enter your information, and wait for your shirts to arrive in the mail.

All orders received during the sale period will be processed at the end of the sale. Expect delivery during the first week of June. Just in time for our annual picnic!

Remember, the sale ends on May 13th. After that date, the shirts will still be available, but at the normal individual order price. Save money! Don’t delay! Order today!



Invite family and friends!

Morning outings include an area Bike Outing, Paddle, Nature Walk, and Eternal Flame Hike.

Beginner Kayak Skills class that will focus on paddling strokes, wet exits and assisted rescues. IF YOU WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR STROKES, HAVE NEVER GOTTEN WET WHILE KAYAKING, WANT TO FEEL MORE CONFIDENT ON THE WATER, THIS CLASS IS FOR YOU! Taught by ACA Certified Instructors, Jeff and Laura Liebel at Beaver Island State Park. You must have your own kayak, or rent one from Blue Water Marina, GI. For a ADK-discounted price. This is a great way to try out a kayak. PLEASE CONTACT MARY SCHRAVEN: maryschraven1@gmail.com – to let her know of your interest in the class.

Picnic Schedule
• 3:00 Family Friendly- Animal Rehabilitation Demonstration “ Your Backyard”
• 4:00 “Your Backyard” Conservation presentations and displays: Many small ways you can make a big difference in your environment! Lynn Chimera, Lessons From Nature – Sustainable Backyards
• 5:30 AMAZING FOOD – Club provided soft-drinks and grilled burgers, hot dogs and sausage, plus vegetarian options AND…. YOUR AMAZING SALADS AND DESSERTS POTLUCK

Conservation Corner, Lynn Rehfeld-Kenney, Chair




AREA, CLARENCE (C)  Lynn & Doug Kenney 825-7329

(h) Make a difference! Join us for the Spring Adopt-A- Highway clean-up. Volunteers are needed to pick up litter along the roadsides surrounding the Tillman Wetlands area in Clarence. Meet at 10:00AM in the Shisler Road parking lot located at the eastern end of Wehrle Drive. Garbage bags are supplied. Bring work gloves. Clean-up takes about 2 hours. You only need to call the home phone if you plan on joining us for a hike through the wildlife area afterwards. If you will be joining the hike bring along a bag lunch. We will eat in-between the clean-up and the hike.

Day of the hike call our cell phone 361-6172(C).

The Conservation Committee meeting will be held at Jerry Sauberan’s home on Tuesday, May 15th at 7:00pm. Call Jerry at #648-1961 for directions.
As part of a Conservation Committee project, the committee took the initiative to arrange speakers for the May education and general meetings. We hope you enjoy learning about the positive impact you can have by planting native plant species in your own yard. This will be followed-up by a workshop at the June picnic.
The committee recently attended a scoping session for the West Valley Nuclear Waste Site regarding the proposed Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). The chapter has signed on with a wide range of other organizations to strongly recommend that the DOE and NYSERDA choose the “site wide removal option” to remove all of the nuclear waste before it leaks into a stream that runs past it and pollutes the drinking water in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Much of this comes down to obtaining state and federal funding. We plan to combine our efforts with Sierra Club and want to meet with our local legislators to advocate for funding. Please contact me if you are interested, we would like meet with representatives in as many districts as possible. Go
to www.nirs.org/campaigns/west- valley/ to learn more. The public comment period has been extended to May 25th, 2018.
Please take the time to write a letter to save the 52 year old federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. It is imperative that Congress and the Senate reauthorize the fund that goes towards protecting and improving infrastructure in town, county, state and national parks and wildlife refuges throughout the USA. This includes many local town parks, Erie County parks and state parks such as Allegany and Evangola. Go to the ADK Advocacy page https://www.adk.org/save-the- land-and-water-conservation-fund/, scroll to the “Take Action” section at
the bottom of the page, and click on the link to send a letter to your US representatives and senators to continue this important source of funding for outdoor recreation and habitat protection.
Great news, the Environmental Protection Fund was fully funded at $300 million in the NYS budget. This money goes towards purchasing open space, protecting water quality, recycling and more.
Lynn Rehfeld-Kenney


I attended the Adirondack Mountain Club Board of Directors meeting held in Lake George on 4/7.  This is a quarterly meeting that has representatives from each chapter along with the Executive Committee and many staff members.  We review reports from staff members such as the Executive Director and Treasurer, and committee chairs such as the membership chair and Heart Lake Property chair, among many others.  The meetings typically last 5-6 hours and a lot of information is discussed that pertains to how the club operates and how the resources of the club should be focused.  I’ll try to summarize the key points here, and if anyone has any questions or would like further information don’t hesitate to contact me at rlaing537@gmail.com

  • Membership has been steady for the last several years and currently sits at 17,100 members
  • Financial performance for 2017 showed steady revenue comparable to recent years.  There were some challenges due to construction at the Heart Lake property but overall the club is on solid financial footing
  • The Heart Lake property construction will begin as soon as winter ends and the snow melts at the property.  Planned this spring/summer is a new septic system, new washhouse near the HPIC, new decks for the HPIC and a concession stand near the HPIC.  The existing washhouse was gutted over the winter and the hot water system was expanded and all new fixtures installed – that is something I’m looking forward to seeing.
  • The Fall Outing is scheduled for 10/26-28 and will be hosted by the Finger Lakes Chapter and Co-sponsored by ADK-NFC.
  • Neil Woodworth has been busy working on several fronts including the storage of rail cars near Tahawus(which are being removed), new UMP for the Boreas Ponds and updated plans for other areas, working with the local municipalities and the state on solutions to overcrowding in the High Peaks region.

 — Rob Laing

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
10202, Beth Hartz, 6/10/17, Gothics
9986, John Burnham, 10/12/16, Saddleback
9183, Manon Paquet, 9/06/15, Haystack

Beth Hartz from Clarence climbed Gothics this summer to finish her 46 High Peaks!

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, 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)

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.

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.

Gerry Rising Pens New Essay for ADK Chapter Visit
At a monthly meeting in 2017, 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.”

Join the ADK Niagara Frontier Chapter!
Click here to visit the Adirondack Mountain Club (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

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