The Adirondack 46R Conservation Trust’s philanthropic mission and grant program is administered by the Adirondack Forty-Sixers, Inc., a non-profit organization whose members have climbed the 46 major peaks of New York’s Adirondack Mountains. As an all-volunteer organization the club is dedicated to environmental protection, to education for proper usage of wilderness areas, to participation in New York State Department of Environmental Conservation-approved trail projects, and to the support of initiatives within the Adirondack High Peaks region by organizations with similar goals. This partnership allows theTrust and the Forty-Sixers to achieve the common goals of advancing the legacy of Grace Hudowalski and the preservation of the Adirondack wilderness.
For additional information on the Adirondack 46R Conservation Trust, grant submission guidelines, or to make a donation to support the Trust’s mission, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
How To Apply
For information on submitting a Conservation Trust grant application to the Adirondack 46ers, please refer to the following documents:
Conservation Trust Grant Application
Conservation Trust Grant General Information
Grant Application Guidelines
Conservation Trust 2016 Grant Award Recipients
The Adirondack 46R Conservation Trust grant program, which is administered by the Forty-Sixers, awarded grants to two organizations in 2016 to support their projects. Below is a listing of the organizations that received funding and the amount awarded, as well as a brief description of the proposals. Each project advances the mission and program priorities of the Trust – to provide funding for conservation and preservation projects, environmental and historical research, and educational initiatives that develop or enhance the Adirondack mountain preserve.
Essex County Historical Society, Adirondack Museum -- $5,000
The Trust provided a second year of support for the creation of a new, permanent exhibit, “Hiking in the High Peaks” at the Adirondack History Museum in Elizabethtown, NY. The exhibit will explore the history of hiking in the Adirondacks, and advocacy groups that have been part of that history. The exhibit will include a number of items relating to Grace Hudowalski, the first president and long-time historian of the Forty-Sixers. The additional year of funding will support the cost of professional designers and exhibit development.
Adirondack Mountain Club, “Connecting with the Next Generation of High Peaks Hikers” -- $7,000
In response to the recent dramatic increase of visitors to the High Peaks region who have little prior experience with backcountry preparedness and outdoor ethics, the Adirondack Mountain Club proposed an educational initiative to inform new hikers on trail etiquette, wilderness preparation, and “leave no trace” principles. Trust funds will help support a targeted communications plan using social media and a series of short public service announcements to reach the new generation of hikers where they are seeking their information. The first public service video “Winter on the Trails” focuses on winter hiking trail etiquette and courtesy.
The ADK’s campaign also calls for the creation of additional signage at trail heads to address the problematic issue of disposal of human waste while on the trails.
Conservation Trust 2015 Grant Award Recipients
The Adirondack 46R Conservation Trust grant program, which is administered by the Forty-Sixers, awarded grants to three organizations in 2015 to support their projects. Below is a listing of the organizations that received funding and the amount awarded, as well as a brief description of the proposals. Each project advances the mission and program priorities of the Trust – to provide funding for conservation and preservation projects, environmental and historical research, and educational initiatives that develop or enhance the Adirondack mountain preserve.
1. Adirondack Architectural Heritage on behalf of Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine -- $5,000
The Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine have been environmental stewards and educations on the mountain since 1997, working with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to restore the fire tower on the summit as an educational and historic site. In 2011, the DEC announced that it was considering closing the historic Ranger Trail on Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain because of severe erosion and a lack of funds to rehabilitate the route. The Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine took on a multi-year fundraising campaign to carry out the trail rehabilitation. Trail work began in August 2015 with the ADK Trails Program and Tahawus Trails, LLC, partnering in the planning process and reconstruction manpower. Six weeks of trail work was completed in 2015 and will continue in annual increments until the project is completed. The funds provided by the Conservation Trust will pay for the rehabilitation of an additional section of trail this summer.
2. Essex County Historical Society/Adirondack History Museum -- $5,000
The Essex County Historical Society proposed the creation of a new permanent exhibit at the Adirondack History Museum in Elizabethtown, NY, that explores the history of hiking in the Adirondacks. The exhibit will explore hiking in the High Peaks region dating back to the mid-19th century with an additional focus on the advocacy role that hiking groups such as the Forty-Sixers and the ADK have played in the conservation and preservation of the region and their importance in Adirondack recreation history. The funds provided by the Conservation Trust will help pay for the exhibit design and development.
3. Schroon North Hudson Historical Society/Grace Hudowalski Essay Contest -- $3,500
The Schroon North Hudson Historical Society requested funding for the Grace Hudowalski Essay Contest to support cash awards for the student winners and for administrative costs. Grace Hudowalski, 46er #9 and her husband Ed #6 established the essay contest in 1957 to encourage 11th grade students “to uncover early history and folktales of the Town of Schroon and adjacent townships (North Hudson, Minerva, Chester, Ticonderoga, Crown Point).” Winners of the contest were awarded a $50 U.S. Savings Bond, donated by the Hudowalskis. The contest continued until the mid-1980s. It was revived in 2007 by 46er Doug Arnold #4693W, and the Schroon North Hudson Historical Society. The Conservation Trust has provided funding for the essay awards since the contest was reestablished. The funds provided by the Trust will once again pay for cash prizes for the winning entries, and fund the expansion of the contest to the Minerva Central School.
Since its inception programs supported by the Adirondack 46R Conservation Trust include, among others: