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General Membership Meeting – April 11, 2017
Meeting location: Fellowship Hall – Amherst Community Church
77 Washington Highway, Snyder NY 14226  

PROGRAM SCHEDULE:
6:30pm: Education Workshop – CAMP STOVES, Mare Steiniger
(please meet in the Community Room adjacent to the Main Meeting Room).
Join Mare Steiniger for a peek inside an Equipment Geek’s camping closet. Mare will present the 7 different types of camping stoves on the market today: hobo, white gas/kerosene, Esbit, Sterno, alcohol, propane and canister. Her presentation will include a little about the history and development as well as the pros and cons of each type of stove. Mare has at least one of each type in her closet, and will have them on hand for the workshop. Did you know that Esbit is an acronym? Or that Scott might have survived his expedition to the South Pole if he had the same stove that Amundsen was using? Or that YouTube demonstrates countless models of alcohol stoves and hobostoves you can make yourself out of empty food or beverage cans? Or that the performance of a canister stove is not dependent on the type of stove you have, but rather on what type of canister you purchase? Come join us for the workshop.

7:00pm: Meet & Greet with Refreshments

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

7:45pm: Presentation CLIMATE CHANGE : CLIMATE JUSTICE, Lynda Schneekloth, Climate Justice Coalition founder and 2016 ADK Conservationist of the Year
The Niagara Frontier Chapter is happy to welcome Lynda Schneekloth on April 11. Lynda was last year’s recipient of the Conservationist of the Year award at the ADK – NFC annual picnic. Lynda is the lead organizer of the Climate Justice Coalition of WNY, and has served as chair of the Sierra Club Niagara Group, is Advocacy Chair of the Western New York Environmental Alliance, and was one of the founders of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. She is also Professor Emerita at the School of Architecture and Planning at UB and a landscape architect. She is a grandmother of nine, most of whom live in Buffalo. Whew! Talk about a full life. We welcome her back to hear her extensive knowledge on the rapid global climate changes occurring through the burning of fossil fuels. Although the most logical answer is to stop using fossil fuels, the response has been slow. What is it about human nature that makes us unable to take action on a scale equal to the degree of emergency? What cultural stories prevent us understanding or “seeing” what is actually happening? How will all of this impact future generations and future species? This promises to be a powerful and provocative program. Don’t miss it!


NEW! 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:
• 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.


Message From the Chair, Janet Kowalski
Cheryl Peluso is currently training our Chapter’s young, new Electronics Communications Chair. This is a position that Cheryl herself created, having the vision and skills to realize the need for this critically important gear in the machine that makes our chapter operations function smoothly. Cheryl electronically analyzes the membership list we receive from ADK Headquarters every month, and updates the recipient list for our newsletter and weekly emails. Other ADK Chapters who wish to upgrade their newsletter communication process have contacted Cheryl for her cheerful assistance. She has also overseen and updated our chapter website for many years. On behalf of a grateful Niagara Frontier Chapter, I THANK Cheryl for her wisdom, foresight, generosity, and kind personality. Cheryl remains active on our Board as an Alternate Director, and is also an extraordinary outings leader. Cheryl continues to be a golden asset to our fantastic organization.

WE WELCOME TWO NEW MILLENIALS TO OUR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE!
I am 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.

Happy Trails!
Janet Kowalski


Conservation Corner, Lynn Rehfeld-Kenney, Chair
The Conservation Committee meeting will be held at Lynn Kenney’s home on Tuesday, April 18th at 7:00pm. Call #825-7329 for directions. Join us and find out the latest information on what is happening in your community and state.

  • I attended the ADK Conservation Committee meeting in Albany that meets several times a year. Part of the NYS budget proposes that $500,000 from unspent funds to combat invasive species from the 2016 state budget will go towards the setup, staffing and growing of the native beetle (Lari Conbius Niarinus) that naturally attacks the hemlock wooly adelgid infestation. There is a 97% death rate once a Hemlock tree is infected. An additional $500,000 from the 2017 budget would be allocate to this process.
  • It came as a surprise, when Governor Cuomo announced during the State of the State address that he proposed building a hotel on Goat Island in the Niagara Falls State Park. This was a recommendation by the Empire State Development Group and was not even discussed with OPRHP (Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation). This runs counter to the 2012 OPRHP Comprehensive Plan for the Niagara Falls State Park which has a management strategy to return the park to the original vision of its designer, Frederick Law Olmstead, to make it a more natural experience. It also risks a Park Alienation situation if a hotel was built and run by a private business and not by OPRHP. A resolution was passed to oppose construction of a hotel.
  • Another proposal by the Governor was to build “glamping” lodging and dining facilities on the Boreas Ponds Tract of the Forest Preserve. “Glamping” is short for glamorous camping which includes a catered camping experience. This is inconsistent with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan which prohibits new structures to be built in the Forest Preserve. It would take a constitutional amendment to allow structures to be built. ADK has opposed similar amendments in 1935, 1945, 1946 and 1949. The ADK Conservation Committee passed a resolution that strongly opposes Construction of Dining and Lodging Facilities on Forest Preserve Land.
  • There is no word yet on the land designation ruling for the Boreas Ponds lands. Most likely information will be made public when the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) holds its next meeting in May.
  • Nationally there is great concern over severe cuts to the EPA funding. Locally funds are used to employ DEC employees who work on clean air and water programs. This would directly impact the initiative to clean up Lake Erie and to stop the spread of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes. Please contact your local congressmen and senators that EPA funded should not be cut. It is frightening when current government representatives say the EPA is of no benefit to US citizens and that there is no such thing as global warming.
  • If you have an interest in making positive changes, join us for the next Conservation Committee meeting. We are looking for new committee members.

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


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.”


MEMBERSHIP UPDATE:
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: woodthrush3@hotmail.com).


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Education Scholarship Application

Education Scholarship Guidelines

Education Scholarship Info

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