Next GENERAL MEETING – Tuesday, January 9, 2018 (Program starts at 6:30pm)
Location: Fellowship Hall – Amherst Community Church
6:30: EDUCATION – WINTER FUN FORUM: Don’t hibernate in winter! There are so many fun things to do. Join us for a winter fun forum! We will gather to review or learn for the first time great local places to snow shoe and cross country ski. We will also review equipment needs, and how to get started. If you are experienced, please come with recommendations. If you are a newbie, please join us so you can learn how to have fun on snowy trails. We promise to end on time for the pre-meeting Social Half-Hour! Experienced winter people: please email recommendations on places to Nordic Ski and snowshoe, and where to rent equipment. Email TeresaCorrigan85@gmail.com. Thank you!
7:00: SOCIAL HALF-HOUR – Meet & Greet plus Refreshments
7:30: GENERAL MEETING & PRESENTATION: WESTERN NEW YORK LAND CONSERVANCY “RESTORE THE GORGE” – Dave Spiering
Photo courtesy of James Hoggard
Message From the Chair, Paul Gannon
It’s the start of a new year, with all its promise and possibilities. It’s a good time to look back, and reflect on what was, and a good time to look forward, and resolve to make necessary changes in our lives.
So it is with our chapter. We have had a great year. I am resolved to work hard to make this upcoming year even better.
I plan on continuing my push for all of us to embrace our role as Ambassadors for ADK. We are looking into ordering more T-shirts with our local chapter logo, so that we can promote ADK when out in public. More information about this will be announced in the next few months.
One of the new initiatives will be to develop, at least informal, collaboration with the other outdoor clubs in Western NY. The local chapter of the Sierra Club has already reached out to us. I plan on meeting with them in January. They would like to begin participating in our outings, and they would like us to assist them in conservation efforts. This would be a great thing for each organization.
On behalf of the Executive Committee, I want to wish all of you a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2018!
Conservation Corner, Lynn Rehfeld-Kenney, Chair
The Conservation Committee meeting will be held at Larry Beahan’s home on Tuesday, January 16th at 7:00pm. Call #839-3112 for directions.
Many thanks to the Schravens for hosting the November conservation meeting at their home. The evening was very informative and included a tour of the roof top solar panels, their electric car and a discussion about their decision to purchase these devices to lower their carbon footprint. We also discussed ways to provide more opportunities to actively engage the chapter membership in conservation issues. More discussion will follow on this topic. Please join us at a Conservation meeting if you have suggestions. We are also looking for a new local project for the Conservation Committee to work on. If you know of a local project please contact me to discuss your idea. Call Lynn at 716‐825‐7329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neil Woodworth, ADK executive director, is actively working to prevent an unused section of railroad line that runs next to the Boreas River in the Adirondack Mountain’s Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest from becoming a junk yard for old oil tankers. It is too expensive to clean the tankers to recycle them so the company is selling the space to store the tankers and thus making it a de facto junk yard. As the tankers rust the residual oil and chemicals will pollute the river. There is no news yet on the land classification for Boreas Ponds.
Attacks on the environment never stop. To learn the latest environmental news, join us at the next Conservation Committee meeting!
Newsletter Editor Needed!
Our Chapter Newsletter, known as THE NIAGARA EXPLORER, needs an Editor! This individual would compile documents submitted by various Board Members and create an informative and appealing monthly publication. Basic computer skills are needed. You will have a template to work with, and can create graphics as room allows. This is an automatic board position with a great team! Contact Interim Newsletter Editor Deena Mueller (email@example.com) or Chair Paul Gannon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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
TBD, Mike Hilburger, 8/26/17, Skylight
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, email@example.com, 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).
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Adventure Travel: BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS!
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!
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ADK-NFC Meeting Cancellation Policy
ADK-NFC Bylaws Changes
WE WELCOME TWO NEW MILLENIALS TO OUR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE!
Gerry Rising Pens New Essay for ADK Chapter Visit
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