NEXT GENERAL MEETING
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 6:30pm
Location: Fellowship Hall – Amherst Community Church
6:30: EDUCATION WORKSHOP – Let’s Get (Backcountry) Cooking!
7:00: SOCIAL TIME – Meet & Greet with Sweets & Refreshments
7:30: PRESENTATION – Importance of Preserving Coral Reefs
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the ADK February meeting!
Meeting cancellation policy: If Amherst Schools or Amherst After-School Activities are cancelled, then the General Meeting (2nd Tuesday of the month) will also be cancelled. This will be reinforced with a general email to membership and a Facebook posting.
LOOKING BACK: January’s ADK-NFC’s speaker was Kimberly Adriansen from Tifft Nature Preserve. Her presentation guided us through the historical changes and human impacts on the area. The 246 acre land has been transformed into an urban sanctuary for a vast array of birds and various plant wildlife. Thanks to the extensive restoration and dedication of the staff and community volunteers Tifft Nature Preserve is an Urban Jewel attracting thousands of visitors each year!
Message From the Chair
I just finished reading a wonderful book my son gave me for Christmas, entitled Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, by Ben Montgomery. It is the inspiring story of Emma Gatewood, the fifth individual, and first woman, to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.
In 1955, Gatewood was a 67-year-old divorced mother of eleven then grown children, with 23 grandchildren. She was an Ohio farmer, who had worked hard all her life raising her family through the difficult years of the Great Depression and World War II. She learned about the trail in magazine article several years earlier.
She set out from Georgia wearing dungarees and sneakers, carrying her meager supplies over one shoulder in a drawstring cloth bag. She had no tent or sleeping bag, only a blanket and shower curtain for shelter. As she continued her journey north, word of her trip spread and she became a media sensation. By the time she reached Mt. Katahdin in Maine, people all over the country were following her progress and celebrated her triumph.
After the holidays, I have been going through my library and rearranging my shelves. Along with my how-to texts and trail guides, I have a number of stories of other individuals and their experiences in the natural world, everything from the works of Thoreau to Wild, by Cheryl Strayed. Why do I enjoy them so much?
I think it is because each of them serves to remind me of what nature has to offer – its beauty, the peace and quiet, its healing power, and the opportunity for exercise and adventure.
– Paul M. Gannon
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
Our Chapter’s 46ers webpage has been updated. It now includes useful information for Aspiring 46ers and a colored, terrain map showing the locations of the 46 High Peaks in Adirondack Park. Also updated is the list of Niagara Frontier Chapter members who have completed the 46 High Peaks.
We want you on our list! Please submit any new entries or updates to David Kowalski (email@example.com).
To visit our 46ers webpage, click ‘Our Chapter’s 46ers’ in the menu bar at the top of this page, or click here.
Next Conservation Committee Meeting
Have you visited Tifft Nature Preserve lately? A new fenced enclosure has been planted with a variety of natural vegetation that should look great in another year or two; the enclosure will protect the plants and shoreline wildlife from over-grazing by the 60+ deer that live in or visit Tifft every day. You’ll also enjoy observing the variety of waterfowl and other animals that live in this bit of nature surrounded by the city.
ADK-NFC Outings Book: Wilderness Weekends in Western New York – Get your copy of our book at the next meeting and start working on the Wilderness Weekends in WNY Patch Challenge! Click on WW in WNY here (or in the menu bar at the top of this page) to get details on the on the types and locations of outings in the challenge. Visit our Chapter’s Facebook page to share your stories.
Our Chapter’s work on maintaining the Allegany Boundary Marking Project will resume this spring in late April or May. We need volunteers to walk remote parts of the Allegany State Park-Pennsylvania border to do basic brush clearing and perhaps post a couple park boundary signs to better enable environmental monitoring of drilling & logging activity in PA near the park’s boundary. Scheduled work dates will be listed in next month’s newsletter in coordination with New York’s Allegany Region Forester. If you would like more info, or want to volunteer to spend a day or 2 working in the forest, call me or send a message with the subject line “ASP BOUNDARY’ to firstname.lastname@example.org
Allegany State Park’s Summit Fire Tower was built in 1926 and restored nearly 20 years ago by volunteers that included some of our Niagara Frontier Chapter members. It’s seems that the tower needs a little TLC again, and we may be involved in helping. More on that as info becomes available.
Northern Access Pipeline: Some of our members went to National Fuel’s Williamsville HQ in January to join in with Defend Ohi:yo’, and the Sierra Club to protest the fossil fuel company’s eminent domain claim to an easement across private property to trench through and bisect the 325 sq mile Cattaraugus Creek Basin Sole Source Aquifer. Kudos to those who were able to make an appearance.
An energy project called “Lighthouse Wind” has been proposed by Apex Clean Energy. 47 wind turbines and affiliated infrastructure would be installed inland of the shore of Lake Ontario in Somerset (Niagara Co.) and Yates NY (Orleans County). Citizens are divided over it, with local governments mostly opposed. Think green. To read a report, click here.
Get your reusable tote bags ready! As part of the 2019 NYS budget plan, Governor Cuomo announced a planned state-wide ban on single use plastic bags. Clean single use plastic bags, such as grocery bags, can be left for recycling at Home Depot, Lowes, and certain other stores. It’s a good thing.
Pot Plant? If NYS legalizes recreational marijuana, we might have a large grow farm near Buffalo’s waterfront. A west coast company has proposed a “cannabis campus” to grow medicinal and recreational marijuana on 70 acres just east of Route 5 (just south of Tifft) in the Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park. I’m sure we’ll hear a lot more about this in the next few months. Dude.
— Submitted by Bob Van Hise
Kathy Clerkin is the cheery face that welcomes ADK members to our monthly meetings. She also reaches out to new members every month with a friendly phone call and a Welcome Letter.
In addition, Kathy serves one week every summer as the Heart Lake Campground Host near the epicenter of the Adirondack High Peaks. There she assists campers and as usual, provides that warm cheerful welcome to ADK guests.
As the coolest grandmother ever, over the years she has invited her grandson to spend the week with her, and his resulting love for the Adirondacks has shaped his desire to attend Paul Smith’s College near Saranac Lake.
A retired 70-something nurse, Kathy realizes the benefits of staying active for a long and healthy life. She works out 6 days a week at her local YMCA and quick-walks several miles on most days in Chestnut Ridge Park.
It is a challenge to keep up with her, as evidenced on a recent roadwalk she led for ADK!
Kathy was recently featured in a Buffalo News article on the secrets to aging gracefully, based on a study by the UB Center for Successful Aging.
Her top 3 tips for healthy aging:
Kathy is an avid hiker and traveler, and is also blessed with close family and friends.
We are honored to have this spunky, inspiring example in our ADK family!
Report: ANNUAL ADK FALL OUTING – Finger Lakes Area
October 26-28, 2018
One of the many benefits of ADK membership is the annual ADK Fall Outing, an opportunity to explore a new scenic part of New York State and be hosted by locals who know the surrounding terrain. The sublime Finger Lakes area around Watkins Glen provided glorious settings for this year’s Fall adventures. Numerous lakes, streams and waterfalls carved by ancient glaciers enabled nearly 30 hiking, paddling and biking options to choose from over the 3-day event. Since the ADK Finger Lakes Chapter has a small membership, our Niagara Frontier members provided invaluable expertise to organize the weekend.
NFC Outings Chair Mary Schraven did a formidable job organizing 28 outings. Our Webmaster Rob Laing oversaw the website for outreach and registration, and our Treasurer Doug Gaffney handled the finances. Many of the outings were enthusiastically led by Niagara Frontier members including Rob Laing (Sugar Hill Fire Tower, Goundry Hill hikes), Janet and David Kowalski (Finger Lakes National Forest and CT Hill Wildlife Management Area hikes), Mary Schraven (Watkins Glen and Taughannock State Park hikes, Richard Schraven (Chemung paddle), Teresa and Peter Corrigan (Cornell Ornithology Lab visit), and Cheryl Peluso (Tanglewood Nature Center hike).
Over 130 ADK members attended, with the diehards from the Niagara Frontier Chapter having the highest participation!
Of course the best perk of all was meeting and getting reacquainted with the congenial, terrific ADK folks from other chapters across the state. It was a joy to engage with others who share similar interests and values in the beautiful outdoor settings.
Look forward to the 2019 ADK Fall Outing that will be held September 6-8 in the Poughkeepsie area.
—Submitted by David and Janet Kowalski
RECOGNITION: Award Recipients Honored at Picnic
Volunteer of the Year Award
Conservationist of the Year Award
The Adirondack Mountain Club Niagara Frontier Chapter, Conservation Committee presented their 2018 Conservationist of the Year award at the club’s annual June picnic at the Chestnut Ridge Park Commissioner’s cabin. This award recognized the members from various groups who have spent decades working towards a proper and complete clean-up of nuclear waste at the West Valley Demonstration Project in West Valley, NY. The recipients gratefully accepted the award in honor of all of the past and present coalition members for their dedicated advocacy and community activism.
In particular they recognized Carol Mongerson, who was the founder and leading member of the Coalition on West Valley Nuclear Wastes until she passed, Maria Maybee from the Seneca Nation of Indians and Kathy McGoldrick.
The recipients are as follows:
Congratulations to our Chapters Recent 46ers!
Two climbers were celebrated at the October 9, 2018 ADK General Meeting as new 46ers. Congratulations to Leslie Salathe and Patty Pikul!
The climbers listed below were celebrated at the September 11, 2018 ADK General Meeting as new 46ers. Bravo!
Name – Final Peak
And for 2nd Round of 46!
We want YOU on our 46er List!
Recently we heard from Kristen Taylor and added her information to the list. She completed a Winter round of 46 high peaks on Phelps (#8689W – 3/18/17) and a Regular round on Saddleback (#8689 – 9/24/14).
We also added information for Lynne Blanchard (#7957) and Jan Errick (#7958) who both finished on Haystack (7/16/13).
To view Our Chapter’s 46ers List, click here.
ANNOUNCEMENT: 46er FLAG
Carry on our Chapter tradition of carrying our ADK-NFC 46er Flag to the top of your 46th peak. Call Lynn Kenney (825-7329) to pick up the 46er Flag so it can be a part of your celebratory photo when you complete your final peak to become an Adirondack 46er.
BOARD OF DIRECTOR’S MEETING REPORT, Rob Laing:
I attended the Adirondack Mountain Club Board of Directors meeting held in Lake George on 4/7/18. 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 email@example.com
As always, if anyone would like more information on any topic please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a fun way to display the wonderful opportunities offered by ADK!
To enlarge the image, click here.
ADK-NFC Meeting Cancellation Policy
ADK-NFC Bylaws Changes
Gerry Rising Pens New Essay for ADK Chapter Visit
Affiliate Membership of the Niagara Frontier Chapter:
ADK CARES about:
- Micro-Spike HIKE – Erie County Forest – 2/16/19
- Micro-Spike HIKE – Sprague Brook Park – 2/10/19
- SS/HIKE – Grand Island – 2/9/19
- XC SKI – Elma Meadows – 2/3/19
- ADK Allegany State Park Weekend – 1/18-20/19
- FAMILY HIKE – Deer Lick Conservation Area – 1/6/19
- HIKE – Royalton Ravine – 12/9/18
- HIKE – Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve – 12/8/18
- HIKE – Beaver Meadow Audubon Center – 11/17/18
- ADK FALL OUTING – Finger Lakes Area – 10/26-28/18