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February 2012

2011 was a good year for the Adirondack Mountain Club, with a lot of positives. Leading the list is ADK’s successful effort to influence DEC and the State regarding decisions and laws governing high volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF). The DEC Commissioner has prohibited HVHF on all state forest, wildlife management areas and parks. ADK will continue to advocate for the protection of state lands, and for implementation of safe practices for the drillers. Our programs in the Adirondacks continue with acclaim, including our Summit Steward program, School Outreach program, and events like the Road Scholar trips, Leave No Trace Master Educator courses, and the Wilderness First Aid course. If you’ve never been, there are great trips sponsored by ADK that are listed on the web site, and in Adirondac Magazine.

The “monkey wrench” for 2011 was Tropical Storm Irene – the storm that dumped a horrendous amount of rain in the High Peaks region in a very short period of time. Although road washouts affected access to ADK facilities for a period of time, our campgrounds and lodges escaped the brunt of the storm, and are fully operational. Lots of enthusiastic volunteers helped spruce up our facilities at Heart Lake, Lake George and the Johns Brook Lodge in October. ADK really appreciated the contribution from our Chapter, and the contributions from individuals that helped to close the gaps in revenue lost to Irene.

ADK will have several new books coming out in the next few months, including Alan Via’s new book about the 67 Catskill Peaks under 3,500 Ft (but over 3,000 Ft); and Phil Brown’s flat water canoe and kayak guide to the Adirondack Park. Look for these in the coming year, along with our new series of Forest Preserve Trail Guides, designed to be fully integrated with the Adirondack and Catskill National Geographic trail maps.

Last, but certainly not least, I want to commend all of our Chapter members who volunteered their time and effort for ADK projects this year. Whether it’s support for local trails and facilities, or time spent in the Catskills or Adirondacks, it’s your spirit and willingness to participate that make the club an outstanding success!

Erik Gregory
ADK Director






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