Location:  Commissioner’s Cabin, Chestnut Ridge County Park. Drive past the sledding hill and casino. Continue on main road. Look for sign for Commissioner’s Cabin on left, turn, going through a gate. For a map of the park, please CLICK HERE

Set-up starts at 2:00pm: Helpers arrive at this time! Please contact Dana to let her know you are coming to help. HIKENBIKE30@YAHOO.COM or 716-704-5597



Pre-registration required. Beaver Island State Park.
Jeff and Laura Liebel. Contact MarySchraven1@gmail.com to register.


(C) richardschraven1@gmail.com (716) 564-2106. We will meet at the Harlem Rd. put-in at 11am, paddle for a couple of hours and then go to theADK-NFC Annual Meeting and Picnic at theCommissioner’s Cabin in Chestnut Ridge Park.

Dress for the weather, bring sun protection, water and extra clothing in a dry-bag. A proper fitting PFD is required and must be worn at all times when on the water. Contact the leader at the above e-mail or phone for further information andto notify of your participation.


(B) This will be a moderate bike ride on countryroads with some hills. We will start from the Commissioners Cabin then cross to the other side of the park and exit on Newton Road, to Abbott, theold 219 then back to Newton Road (about 17 miles).  Paul Kochmanski -Kochmanski@ecc.edu – or 895-7712 (H)!


Kim Newland 799-7616 kathrynkim1027@gmail.com (B) – moderately difficult- Meet at 12:00 at Eternal Flame parking lot -Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park. We will explore the Shale Creek Park section of Chestnut Ridge, including a visit to thefamous Eternal Flame Falls. If weather permits, we willprimarily walk theshale creek beds to explore other waterfalls, interspersedwith hiking thebeautiful trails that follow the ravines. This hike includes several hilly sections with creek conditions that can be wet or muddy. Please wear proper footwear for these conditions. We will finish in time to attend the ADK annual picnic. 


(C) Lynn and Doug Kenney (meet at the Casino) This will be a leisurely walk inside the park with frequent stops to look at wildflowers and trees. We will try to identify as many as possible and will explain thedifferent format between the Peterson and Newcomb’s Wildflower Field Guides. We invite you to bring your field guides to assist us. Birders are also welcome to help identify birds. The hike will last about 1.5 hours.



Our annual picnicpresentation this year will feature a visit from Buffalo Animal Adventures with a program entitled “In your own Backyard” will feature animals native to WNY which include: the red fox, ground hog, snapping turtles, rat snake and salamanders to name a few of the guests. This program is unique and interactive way to introduce us to the various species of our region. The biodiversity of animals in our region and how they all fit into our ecosystem will be discussed.


Lyn received her Master Gardener certification from Cornell and began a garden consulting business, Lessons from Nature. Lessons from Nature provides on-site garden consulting, site assessment and gardening classes as well as selling organically grown perennials and native plants. She makes house calls to help solve your garden problems. Lyn is also an active
volunteer for the Master Gardeners, teaching and manning the hot line phones. She has self-published abook, 5 Keys to Better Gardening, writes a monthly gardening column for After 50 Magazine and contributes Garden Tips to Upstate Gardeners Journal as well as articles for The Master Gardener Newsletter and Figure 8, the Federated Garden Clubs publication.


Bring your favorite salad, dessert or appetizer to share. Your club provides grilled hamburgers, hotdogs,
sausage and veggie burgers along with rolls and condiments, soft drinks, water, coffee and tea. A limited
amount of paper products will also be available, but to help reduce waste, please bring your own place setting.
You may also want to bring a folding chair and your favorite yard game.


Two unopposed elections:

  • Program Chair- Maureen Rowley
  • Conservation Chair- Bob Van Hise

Presentation of “Conservationists of the Year” Award, Rain barrel and Composter raffle.

LOOKING BACK – MAY | Presentation given by Heidi Gee, CNLP and Horticulturist, “The Importance of Native Plant Biodiversity in the Home Landscape” 

The Niagara Frontier Chapter was treated to a inspiring talk by Heidi Gee, Horticulturist and Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional on May 8, 2018. She brought her enthusiasm and energy and showed us the wide variety of native plants. A variety of native plants can provide vital habitats for insects and butterflies needed to pollinate a healthy range of plant life in an area. Heidi stressed the importance of tree diversity over what is popular, and effectively demonstrated this with the many examples with side by side pictures of the varieties that exist. Who wouldn’t love the fact that Heidi theme is change starts with oneself. She champions that idea even at work, encouraging customers to make smart choices for their home environment. –Dana Jandzinski


Message from the Chair | Paul Gannon

It was one year ago, at our annual picnic, that you elected me as the chair of our chapter. What a great year this has been! Our chapter continues to do well, thanks to the efforts of so many. At our monthly meetings, we present interesting and varied education sessions, followed by some wonderful programs. Our trip leaders have offered a terrific outings schedule. We just completed our T-shirt sale. Our conservation committee is planning to collaborate with the Sierra Club Niagara Group on environmental advocacy efforts. Almost half of the students in the upcomingwilderness first aid course are chapter members.

Now, the warm summer months are upon us. I hope you all take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in your favorite ways. We may be taking a break from our meetings. However, our outings schedule is as busy as ever. I will not be at our picnic. Instead I will be on another ADK Adventure Travel trip, rafting on the San Juan River in Utah. I encourage all our members to consider attending one of these trips. The schedule is in every edition of Adirondack, as well as on the main club website.

I look forward to our annual ice cream social and photo show in September, so I can see what everyone has been up to. Have a great summer!

-Paul M. Gannon


Chapter T-Shirt Sale: 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.

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.

Waterways Committee Report May 3, 2018 | Those present: John Baker, Roy Svensson, Jeff Kramer, Phil Nesmith, Richard Collins, Bob Van Hise, Mary Schraven & Richard Schraven 

We had a very enthusiastic group at our initial meeting to plan the events in our coming paddle season. The first topic was the mid-week evening paddles. We want to provide an opportunity for people to come out during the week for a flat-water paddle. They will start every Tuesday at 5:45 pm and launch at 6:00 pm. The first date is Tuesday, May 22nd launching from Veterans’ Canal Park on Tonawanda Creek (see outings section for details on

this and other paddling outings). This outing will be led by RichardSchraven1@gmail.com (564-2106) and MarySchraven1@gmail.com (946-7489). These paddles will continue through the Summer with the venue determined by the person who steps forward to lead it. Mary or I can be contacted through e-mail or phone to find out where the weekly Tuesday evening paddle will be done. Some suggested places are: Beaver Island State Park, Bond Lake (Niagara County), Buckhorn Island State Park (Woods Creek on Grand Island), Buffalo Creek from

Harlem Rd., Buffalo River from put-ins near Canalside, Cazenovia Creek (East Aurora), Ellicott Creek, Niagara River and Tonawanda Creek (several different put-ins). We are continuing to fill in the weekend dates for the season with day paddles and paddle camping trips.

Please contact me to help you plan and write up a trip you can lead for the chapter. I am available to co-lead if youneed the support. Go to this siteebsite for ideas on where to put in:

-Richard Schraven 


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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