Girl’s Camp Scholarship Available

The Summer of 2022 marks the 75th year of Environmental Education Summer Camp often known as DEC Summer Camps in New York State. Did you know that the Adirondack 46ers has a scholarship program to these camps? https://adk46er.org/campership-program/

In 2022 the 46ers are sending 6 children to various camps and we have a 7th scholarship available. Do you know a child who would benefit from this opportunity? If so, please contact Lisa at https://adk46er.org/contact/.

Camp choices and dates are limited with only girls slots still available. So act quickly!

May 21, 2022 – Elk Lake Trail Crew

Saturday morning 13 of us met at Frontier Town Gateway. It was already a warm but overcast day. We carpooled and gathered at Elk Lake trailhead. We had grand plans for this small group, so we split up into 4 smaller groups. Three of the groups forged ahead. One aiming for Hunter’s pass, one for the Beckhorn trail, and the third would sweep the trail leading up to the junction for blowdown! They cleared 43 trees (at least 3” in diameter) from the pathways! A stunning undertaking for the miles this small group had to cover in a limited amount of time.

The fourth crew cleared drainage with the goal of reaching Slide Brook lean-to. They fought the battle valiantly, making it about three-quarters of the way. This small but mighty crew was able to remove leaves and other debris from countless drainage routes as well as create new routes. This allows for the stagnant water to runoff from the path.

The objective is to prevent hikers from straying off the path, minimizing erosion. As we cleared a section, we had the opportunity to observe hikers coming in and “staying the course”. As we parted ways, everyone felt a sense of accomplishment, eager to meet up again next week!

In Attendance: Joe Bogardus, Thomas Caruso, Lisa Crandall, Susan Kirk, Mary Lamb, Steve Mackey, Kathleen Murray, Karen Provencher, John Sasso, Mark Simpson, Curt Snyder, Doug Varney, Kelly Wilbert

Adopt a Highway

Lady ADK46er bagging trash along the highway - Adopt a Highway.
Lady ADK46er bagging trash along the highway – Adopt a Highway.

We, as 46ers, are constantly looking for ways to give back to the communities that are home to the mountains we love. Being a 46er is more than just hiking to the top, and back down again, of all 46 high peaks. A 46er is a friend and steward of the mountains. This is apparent when you take a look at the various ways and amounts of time, energy, and money we donate to give back to the trails and the surrounding areas.

The 46ers have adopted 3 two mile long sections of highway on Route 73. In order to fulfill our adoption agreement, it is necessary for us to complete 4 cleanup outings each year. Our first outing was on April 29, 2021. It was a huge success. In just one of our 2-mile sections, 5 dedicated volunteers collected 15 bags of garbage! We had a lot of friendly and happy motorists honking, waving, and giving us a thumbs up as they drove by. We left with a feeling of accomplishment and pride.

Are you willing/able to help us on one or all of our upcoming outings?

For more information or to get onto our volunteer list, email Lee at adoptahighway46@gmail.com.

The 2022 dates for clean up will take place on:

  • April 28th
  • May 26th
  • June 14th
  • July 21st
  • August 18th
  • September 15th
  • October 12th
  • November 10th

For years, people have asked for ways to give back during the week because they often work the weekend shifts and have less availability on weekends; well, here is your chance! Our cleanup schedule will take place on weekdays in an effort to avoid weekend traffic in the area.

Keeping safety in mind, the Adirondack 46ers have purchased 2 reflective safety highway signs, one for each end of the adopted section we are working on. These signs will help keep us all safer to help alert oncoming drivers that a litter crew is ahead. Hard hats, safety vests, orange garbage bags and litter grabber tools are all supplied.

We will have a supply of nitrile examination gloves; however most people decide to bring their own work gloves. Another safety related item: you are required to wear long pants, no shorts. We would really hate to have to inform a volunteer that they could not participate because they showed up wearing shorts. Also, while the NYSDOT recommends leather shoes or boots rather than sneakers, please make sure that whatever footwear you have is closed toe with your heel covered.

Please take note that in 2020, the 46er Executive Board of Directors adopted a new Sexual Harassment prevention, and Code of Conduct policy. Beginning in 2021, ALL volunteers will now be required to take the approved online training AND sign the 46er Sexual Harassment and Code of Conduct policy yearly PRIOR to attending volunteer activities.

If you are considering volunteering, please allow yourself enough time to complete the training, which takes approximately 45-50 minutes, so that information can be submitted and entered into our database for reference at each event. Training certificates and signed policies will not be accepted by leaders at events. The Executive Board recently approved that you will earn 1 hour toward your Conservation Service Award (CSA) for completing the online training if both your certificate and signed policy are submitted. Screenshots of training certificates AND signed policies can be sent to activity leaders or emailed directly to our database coordinator at SHtraining46@gmail.com.

The link to the approved online training and policy: https://adk46er.org/sexual-harrassment-policy/. We have adopted this policy to protect not only our wonderful and dedicated volunteers, but also the club that we love. We appreciate your efforts to give back to the mountains.

Our Adopt-a-Highway mission is to leave the sides of the road looking beautiful! Will you lend us a hand?

ADK46ers Adopt a Highway - full trash bag along the guardrail
ADK46ers Adopt a Highway - full trash bag along the guardrail
ADK46ers Adopt a Highway litter crew ahead sign
Two ADK46ers participating in an Adopt a Highway cleanup

2022 Trailhead Steward Program Promo


Adirondack 46ers Trailhead Steward Training Agenda

Sunday, April 24th, Saturday, May 7th and Saturday, June 11th – you only need to attend one session

BOCES

Adirondack Educational Center conference room
711 State Route 3
Saranac Lake

8:00 am: Gather, complete paperwork, distribute uniform shirts*
9:00 am: Introductions and Why we are here / NYS DEC Forester/ Q&A
10:00 am: NYSDEC Forest Ranger/ Q&A
11:00 am: LNT/hikeSafe – consistency of messaging is important
12:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm: Authority of the Resource/ Interacting with the public/Common Questions
2:00 pm: Your responsibilities/review of the handbook and site locations/Demos
3:00 pm: Supporting and recognizing your work service award hrs, fb page/Q&A
4:00 pm: Dismissal

*If you have a shirt you would like to return for a different size, please bring it with you.

Please complete the Sexual Harassment online training, and read and sign the sexual harassment policy prior to this class.

Adirondack 46ers Support Crucial High Peaks Stewardship Programs

Adirondack 46ers Support Crucial High Peaks Stewardship Programs

Lake Placid, NY – November 16, 2020 – After another busy year in the High Peaks Wilderness, the Adirondack 46ers have doubled down on their dedication to supporting critical stewardship programs in the High Peaks Wilderness. Last week they announced a $41,000 commitment to ADK’s (Adirondack Mountain Club’s) professional trail crew. This comes shortly after another major pledge by the 46ers of $75,000 over the next three years for the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program, which ADK manages in partnership with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. 

Since 2001, the Adirondack 46ers have made increasing contributions to stewardship programs in the High Peaks Wilderness. What started as a $3550 donation to ADK’s trails program in 2001 has since expanded to annual donations between $30,000-46,000; a sign of just how invested the 46ers are in protecting the high peaks. All in all, the Adirondack 46ers have donated nearly $350,000 over the last 20 years to ADK’s trails program, of which $289,000 has come in just the last eight years when visitor use has been the highest. “As visitor use has increased in the High Peaks Wilderness, so has the 46ers’ investment into stewardship programming,” said Andrew Hamlin, ADK Trails Coordinator. “This support has been crucial to the success of a number of trail projects over the years.” 

The Adirondack 46ers aren’t just invested in trail work; over $100,000 has gone to supporting the Summit Stewardship Program during the same period. Operating for the last 31 years, the program has played an important role in the recovery and protection of alpine vegetation in the High Peaks. “Despite increases in visitor use, we have not recorded a decline in alpine vegetation on summits with a stewarding presence,” said Kayla White, Summit Steward Coordinator. “The 46ers have been tremendously supportive of the program and its mission since its inception, and their backing has helped us achieve this result.” 

“As an all-volunteer organization made up of thousands of members who love and respect our beloved Adirondacks, the 46ers take great pride in contributing to meaningful projects that directly benefit conservation and education efforts and help to preserve our wilderness experience for generations to come,” said Siobhan Carney-Nesbitt, President of the Adirondack 46ers. 

Looking ahead to 2021, ADK’s stewardship programs will again play a key role in addressing high use issues in the High Peaks Wilderness. Thanks to the 46ers, the professional trail crew will be able to continue developing a reroute of the Avalanche Lake-Lake Colden Connector Trail, which they started this past summer, and begin work on a severely damaged section of the Phelps Trail between Bushnell Falls and Mount Haystack. The funding will also support the professional trail crew’s annual spring training. Summit stewards will return to the high peaks starting Victoria Day Weekend, where they will continue their work to protect and study New York’s fragile alpine vegetation. 

“As we continue to reconcile promoting responsible outdoor recreation with the challenges presented by high use, this ongoing partnership between ADK and the 46ers is one reason to be optimistic,” said Michael Barrett, ADK Executive Director.

46ers Receive Stewardship Appreciation Award

The 46ers recently received recognition for its stewardship of the natural resources within the Adirondack High Peaks.

As part of its week-long celebration of Earth Day 2021, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the first recipients of the inaugural Stewardship Appreciation Award. The award recognizes the outstanding contributions of volunteers and partner organizations in providing environmental education for protecting and maintaining state lands and waters.

In a press release announcing the award the DEC highlighted the 46ers’ Trail Crew and Outdoor Leadership Workshop as examples of its noteworthy stewardship. Also mentioned were the club’s Trailhead Steward Initiative, to educate hikers on Leave No Trace principles, proper gear, and general DEC regulations; and the relocation of the Mt. Van Hoevenberg lean-to and rock work and trail hardening on the Bradley Pond trail.

“The 46ers are honored and humbled to receive this award,” said club president Siobhán Carney-Nesbitt, #5930W. “Our hard working and dedicated volunteers strive to engage, educate, and include everyone in our efforts of stewardship.”

The 46ers were one of six organizations who were recognized for their work on behalf of New York state’s public lands in 2020.

Congratulations to all those 46ers who have volunteered their time, or expertise, or financial resources in support of the club’s environmental education and preservation programs. This well-deserved award recognizes YOU!

For additional information go to: https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/122812.html.