General Membership Meeting – February 14, 2017
Meeting location: Fellowship Hall – Amherst Community Church
77 Washington Highway, Snyder NY 14226  

6:30 – 7:00pm: Education Workshop – BACKPACKING FOOD: (please meet in the Community Room adjacent to the Main Meeting Room)
Most of us won’t be loading up our packs and hitting the trail until spring, but right now is the perfect time to pre-cook, dehydrate, purchase or just plan our backpacking meals. We will review some tips for dehydrating, review some of the pre-packaged meal selections out there, explore how to find backpacking food right in the grocery store, and have a good old fashioned recipe exchange. Experienced backpackers, please bring or email me ahead of time your favorite backpacking recipe. We can start building up a collection of recipes on our website. Don’t hike hungry! Come prepared to share and learn! Teresa Corrigan TeresaCorrigan85@gmail.com

7:00 – 7:30pm: Meet & Greet with Refreshments

7:30 – 7:45pm: General Meeting – Brief Updates & Reports

7:45 – 8:45pm: Presentation ASIAN CARP CONTROL IN THE GREAT LAKES, Mike Weimer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – The ADK Buffalo Niagara Chapter is pleased to welcome Mike Weimer, Senior Fishery Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Department of the Interior to speak on collaborative efforts to address the threat of Asian Carp to the Great Lakes and large rivers of the Midwest. Mike is a native western New Yorker and active ADK Chapter member. His career with USFWS has taken him to Marquette, Michigan; Washington, DC; Minneapolis, MN and (finally) back home to Buffalo. His field work has included sea lamprey control; fishery assessment and management on the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, and North Atlantic; aquatic habitat restoration; and numerous other projects. He has served as the Assistant Regional Director/Fisheries for the USFWS Midwest Region (Great Lakes/Mississippi River) and as Chief of the USFWS National Division of Fisheries and Aquatic Conservation. In his current position, Mike is the Co-chair of the binational Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee, focused on preventing the introduction of Asian Carp in the Great Lakes. When not chasing Asian Carp, Mike enjoys Adirondack paddling and mountain climbing, and also serves on our Chapter’s Executive Committee, sharing his computer and graphics skills to produce our Chapter Newsletter.

Looking Back – GERRY RISING, A Class Act
It was a dark and stormy night when the Niagara Frontier chapter gathered in a warm and cozy meeting hall on January 10, 2017. Gerry Rising read excerpts from his bookabout his experiences on the road of life gaining experience in becoming an avian enthusiast. On this special evening, Gerry sat at a small lighted table down in front of the stage, surrounded by an horseshoe of seated listeners who savored his personal essays, like old friends telling stories around a campfire. Gerry’s words drew a picture of a young boy standing near the Irondequoit Bay of Rochester, NY hearing the calls of so many evening birds which would later become so familiar. Even with so much experience, Gerry Rising shows his humble side reading an excerpt of a more embarrassing experience trying to capture the interest of high school students that ended in a full hall of laughter. It is hard to think that such a renowned writer could have setbacks but is a lesson for us all to keep moving forward and never let one experience keep you down. Inspired by the special occasion, 46er Gerry shared a newly composed essay with the group describing unforgettable personal tales of his High Peaks adventures (click here to view the essay). Afterwards, friends and followers enjoyed catching up with an old friend and taking home a signed book to remember this special evening.

Message From the Chair, Janet Kowalski
One great way to enjoy winter in our neck of the woods is to embrace the season, and venture outside as much as your lifestyle allows. The key to being active outside is to be prepared for the elements, with suitable warm layers, hat, gloves, face shield (scarf or “Buff”) and safe footwear. On an icy hiking trail microspikes can make a big difference, making the hiker safer and more confident compared to hiking boots alone. For deep snow, snowshoes are a joy. They’re mandated in the Adirondack High Peaks when snow is more than 8 inches deep to prevent ‘postholing’ (creating deep holes that the next hiker can sink into). Overall, winter outings are a delightful way to savor the season. With leafless hardwood trees, visibility in the woods greatly expands, yielding a totally different vibe compared to summer hikes. Other pluses are that it is not too hot, and there are no pesky mosquitoes. Even on a cloudy day, you’ll be able to make healthy Vitamin D with partial sunlight. If you exert yourself, you witness water loss when you exhale your cloudy water vapor, so it is important to re-hydrate on winter outings. Take advantage of these short winter days, be active, and have fun!

Happy Trails!
Janet Kowalski

Conservation Corner, Lynn Rehfeld-Kenney, Chair
The Conservation Committee meeting will be held at Larry Beahan’s home on Tuesday, February 21st at 7:00pm. Call #839-3112 for directions. Join us and find out the latest information on what is happening in your community and state.

  • Thank you to the members who wrote comments and to the following members who attended the Boreas Ponds hearing in Rochester. They were Jay Wopperer, Linda Schmieder, Janet and Dave Kowalski, Lauren Gundlach, Dennis Seekins and myself. We believe there will be a ruling in March about the land designation. Let us hope our voices were heard and the area will be designated as wilderness.
  • Unfortunately our voices did not sway the politicians or developers on minimizing human impact on the Outer Harbor. The Buffalo City Council did not amend the Buffalo Green Code, a document which designates how areas are classified for development in the city, for the area of land owned by the NY Power Authority on the Outer Harbor that runs between the Buffalo River and the Union Canal. The coding will allow for development, such as apartment buildings, to be built on the site were boats are currently stored and the ferry lands that travels between the Inner Harbor and Outer Harbor docks. Construction will be allowed to proceed on the site of the old Freezer Queen building on the Outer Harbor. The only concession was to decrease the height of the 23 story building by 15 feet and to position it with a 25 foot set back from the waterfront to allow the public to walk along the water.
  • We are looking for new committee members. The larger the group the more impact we can have to make changes locally and across our state. We will also need help with planning and running The Conservation Conversation lecture for this coming year. The Conservation Committee holds a public education program ever two to three years. This year we are looking at solar power in preparation to the opening of Solar City.Attacks on the environment never stop. Join the Conservation Committee to see how you can help.

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

I attended the 4th quarter ADK Director’s meeting earlier this month and following are some highlights from the meeting. If there are any questions or anyone would more detail on any of this please don’t hesitate to contact me at rlaing537@gmail.com.
• Three new yurts will be purchased and setup at the Heart Lake facility. These will be primarily used for educational programs and allow more and larger events to be held. Currently, education events are held at the Loj which means that the Loj space cannot be rented to other visitors. This will free up space in the Loj to be used by overnight guests.
• The remaining funds for the HPIC/Heart Lake renovations were released. Construction is ongoing at the HPIC at the Heart Lake property with the facility opening back up to the public by 12/21(hopefully). Other projects will commence once the weather allows in April or May and are to include: new well, new washhouse, campground loop addition, existing washhouse renovation and other smaller items. The majority of the funding for this was from a NYS grant, however about $75,000 is coming from ADK.
• The club remains on strong financial footing, and membership continues to grow at a slow but steady pace. Discussions are ongoing on how to grow the membership at a faster rate, with a focus on the downstate area.
• The club has yet to take a stance on the upcoming NYS Constitutional Convention and is soliciting feedback from each chapter. At the local chapter’s executive committee meeting in February we will be discussing this topic and provide our recommendations to the main club. Anyone who wishes to participate or provide input is welcome to attend or pass on their thoughts to an ex-com member.
• Other items discussed include: continued success of the Summit Steward program with additional funding provided by the state for next year, a multi-year contract between ADK and DEC for ADK to provide full time trail maintenance staff for projects in the Adirondacks and the Catskills, Boreas Ponds classification hearings have completed and now we wait for a decision.

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.”

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

Newsletter Name Update
Thank you to all who attended the December Holiday Potluck and voted on naming options for our chapter newsletter. Voter turnout was high and results will help inform the Executive Committee’s discussion on “branding” and personalizing our monthly publication to better reflect the unique attributes of Western New York’s outdoors. Stay tuned, more to come!

Wanted: Electronic Communications Chair!

We are looking for an individual with computer skills who would like to join our wonderful Executive Committee, which meets ecc-computer-glasses-smonce per month. The time commitment is flexible, usually just a few hours per month. The Electronic Communications Chair (ECC) maintains a database of chapter email contacts, and composes/disseminates email communications as needed. The ECC also oversees the ADK-NFC website. For more information please contact our current ECC Cheryl Peluso (cherylp17@verizon.net) or Webmaster Rob Laing (RLaing537@gmail.com).

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: woodthrush3@hotmail.com).

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