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Chapter News   Updated: 2017-07-19    
bullet July - September 2017 Newsletter is Available Online!   View
bullet Bridge Over Pharaoh Lake Outlet Closed July 17 for Replacement
The bridge over the Pharaoh Lake Outlet (and dam) will be replaced beginning Monday, July 17 by Student Conservation Association Adirondack Program Crews. . The work is expected to be completed on Wednesday, July 26. The bridge will be closed and unavailable for use during this time. Please do not disturb the work crews or the work site.

The shortest access to the western Pharaoh Lake Loop Trail and the western shore of the lake will be from the Sucker Lake Trailhead. The shortest access to the eastern Pharaoh Lake Loop Trail and the eastern shore of the lake will be from the Pharaoh Lake Road Trailhead.
bullet Chapter Officers Needed for 2018
At the annual October meeting, chapter officers are elected to serve for the upcoming fiscal year. We have vacancies for Chapter Chair and Vice Chair positions. If you are interested in learning more about these positions, please contact Mo Coutant at vicechair@adk-gfs.org or the people currently in these positions. Officer contact information is available at View Contacts

The description of duties for all officers and elected positions is also available in the chapter by-laws on the chapter website. There is no prerequisite required for either position, only the willingness to serve as a leader for the chapter.

These positions have one year terms and nominations are due August 1st. Nominations and officer biographies will be published in the September through November chapter newsletter.

Please contact Maureen Coutant (2nd Vice Chair and Nominating Committee Chair) directly with any questions or nominations.

bullet Save the date for Chapter Annual Dinner on Friday October 27th
Great Escape Lodge, Lake George. Featured Speaker - Joe Allen
"Megafauna and Predation - Story of the Wolf Reintroduction"
bullet Jack & Tillie Freeman Honored as Champions of Forest Preserve
Jack and Tillie were honored at the May 17 chapter program at Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls with the presentation of a bronze leaf in their names that will be added to the Tree of Giving plaque at ADK Headquarters in Lake George. After retiring from a long and successful career at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, NY, Jack came to our area to work for ADK where he was active in conservation and advocacy matters. One of his most noteworthy accomplishments was the establishment of collaborative working agreements between local and state government agencies, ADK, and citizen advocacy groups to restore historic fire towers in the Catskill and Adirondack Forest Preserves. This movement led to the creation of fire tower "friends" groups and ultimately the ADK Fire Tower Challenge created and maintained by your ADK Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter since 2001.

This year and in the years following, many of the New York state fire towers will be celebrating their centennials. The ADK Fire Tower Challenge continues to gain popularity and introduce hikers to new forest preserve adventures. The new and revised second edition of Views from on High, Jack's fire tower hiking guide book, will be published soon by the Adirondack Mountain Club. If it were not for Jack and Tillie Freeman we would not be celebrating our fire towers in the manner in which we do today and will continue to do so into the future. Thank you Jack and Tillie Freeman for all you have done.

bullet New Trails in the Palmertown Conservation Area
Working with Saratoga PLAN graduate students in The State University of New York at Albany 2017 Graduate Planning Studio class recently delivered their final presentation on conservation and recreation analysis of the Palmertown Conservation Area. to develop a strategic and comprehensive conservation plan, stretching from Moreau Lake State Park down to Saratoga Springs.

For details and map click View details
bullet DEC has Closed the Wakely Mountain Trail Until Further Notice!
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has closed the Wakely Mountain Trail until further notice due to safety concerns with the Wakely Mountain Fire Tower.

"The fire tower was closed to public access in December 2016 due to structural deficiencies," and announcement from the state agency said. "The condition of the tower has worsened and it is possible the tower may collapse in heavy winds."

DEC is closing the trail to prevent injuries to visitors if the fire tower collapses. The agency's announcement said repairs will be undertaken as soon as possible to prevent the collapse of the fire tower.
bullet DEC Notice: Mt Adams Fire Tower has been damaged by ice wind!
The top landing on the Mt Adams Fire Tower has been damaged by ice wind. Fencing and railings were broken off and the tower stairs and landings are slippery. Please do not attempt to go into the tower cab or onto the top landing with the broken fencing. Work will be planned to fix this in 2017.
bullet DEC Notice: Spruce Mountain Fire Tower - Stay off private property
A dirt road ascends Spruce Mountain from the side of the mountain opposite the hiking trail. It leads to the Saratoga County communications building just below the fire tower. This road is on private property and is not accessible to the public. It is extremely important that we always respect the rights of property owners. Please do not use this road.
bullet Sign up for 2017 Chapter Winter Weekend at Heart Lake Feb. 9-12
jocelyn.songer.jpg We are again renting the Wiezel cabin for the Glens Falls - Saratoga Chapter of ADK for our winter weekend 2018! We usually go up Friday afternoon/evening and head home Sunday night/Monday morning The three night stay cost is $110 per person and includes the cabin costs and dinners for Saturday and Sunday nights. ( If costs come in below this estimate, we will distribute refunds accordingly. ) The cabin is located near Adirondack LOJ, with the High Peaks at our doorstep. The cabin has heat, lights, running water, a full kitchen, two bathrooms and sleeps 16.

Steve will begin accepting reservations with payment from members ASAP. A waiting list will be maintained.

Please send checks made payable to:
Steve Mackey 21 MacArthur Dr Glens Falls, NY 12801-2317.
Email to: smackey33@verizon.net
bullet Fire Tower Challenge Merchandise is Available for Purchase.
FTC Hats and T-Shirts can be purchased at ADK Headquarters located at 814 Goggins Road in Lake George off Northway Exit 21. Will make a great Christmas or birthday gift.

Purchase online at: adk.org/product-category/clothing
bullet Steve Lashomb - Young Members Chair for our chapter
Steve Steve graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a concentration in Environmental Studies. His first job out of college was an AmeriCorps internship as a trailworker throughout the Adirondacks for the Student Conservation Association. Since then, he has been working for environmentally based non-profits, forestry companies and renewable energy companies. He currently works as a Solar Energy Consultant for SolarCity. Between his college studies and recent work experience he has developed a tremendous love for the outdoors that has evolved into a dedication to protect and conserve our natural resources.

His goal as Chair of the Young Members Committee is to engage students from local colleges to participate with the committee which will teach about non-profit management and the roles of committees within organizations. He is a believer in the importance of environmental education. Education is the key to shaping the young minds of the world's future environmental leaders.
bullet Advocacy for Protection of Queensbury's Big Cedar Swamp
The Big Cedar Swamp is a 900+ acre Class I wetland located in the Town of Queensbury, between Quaker Road and the Warren County Airport, which is home to a diverse wildlife population, including several "Species of Special Concern", a large, well-preserved, northern white cedar swamp, and a globally rare marl fen, which is one of less than ten such habitats in the world. It is listed as a "Regional Priority Conservation Project" in the New York State Open Space Conservation Plan.

More Information     Town Board Letter     Town Board Report
bullet DEC Announces Opening of Trail, Fire Tower on Spruce Mtn
On October 7, 2015, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) held a celebration for a long awaited opening of Spruce Mountain's new trail and rehabilitated fire tower. The "unlacing" ceremony took place at the bottom of the fire tower with two hiking shoes cleverly tied together across the first set of stairs. The DEC Region 5 Director, Bob Stegemann, Neil Woodworth of ADK and other involved partners untied the shoelaces to make it official.

For more info: View Press Release or View Tower Details
bullet Make Suggestions to Add Smart Phone Apps to Web Site
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Have you found an app that you like and think other ADKrs might want to check out? If so, send the app name to newsletter@adk-gfs.org and we'll add it to our web site and newsletter if it appears to be of interest to members.

Notice the Smart Phone Apps link added to the Chapter Links
bullet ADK Mountain Club needs good participation for Supervised Volunteer Trails Program
supervised.trailwork.jpg Since 1986, the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) has been hosting volunteers to participate in trail projects. In that time, over 10,000 volunteers took part in maintaining the trails of the Adirondack Park. Our volunteer trails program is not just about the trails though, it's also about the people that maintain them. I can say with confidence that all 10,000+ volunteers who participated in ADK's volunteer trails program left with a sense of stewardship for the Adirondacks. They know firsthand how much hard work it takes, and how rewarding it is, to keep our Adirondack trail system in tip-top shape.

It is going to be a tall order to fill all of these projects. For this expansion to be possible in the future we need good participation. Your help would mean 10,000 more great experiences, a more pleasant hiking adventure and the protection of wild areas along trail corridors.

We have several scholarship opportunities available for our High School Volunteer Program. These scholarships would cover the cost of our participation fee. Our newest addition is the ADK Woods Woman Scholarship. This scholarship is available to a high school aged woman who wants to participate in a volunteer trail project.

For more information: Details
bullet Help with Recreation Planning as member of multi-chapter group?
ADK is forming a Recreation Working Group to help the chapters with subjects such as trip leader training, assisting in the planning of annual/seasonal outings, and best practices: what chapters do well and could share with other chapters.

We would like to have members (this is not a formal committee) from several different chapters, with around 10 people. We will eventually have an annual face-to-face meeting (location to be determined), as well as the occasional conference call. Some of our work will also be done via e-mail.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Bob Van Hise at (716) 628-0355 or at adkpaddles.bvh@gmail.com

bullet Your Chapter Needs Some Good Volunteers!
As a way to develop a listing of chapter members that want to help out with the chapter, a volunteer request form has been developed. Please complete the volunteer form indicating your areas of interest and a member of the executive committee will get back to you to discuss the next steps.

The form is located in the Chapter Links under "Chapter Information Forms & Guidelines" or the link: Volunteer Request Form

Contact Laura Fiske at 518-884-0345 or email chapterchair@adk-gfs.org
bullet Fill out report if you hiked Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area Details
bullet Reminder: Include your email address when renewing membership!
We receive membership information bimonthly and update our membership list with your info! You may renew your ADK membership online by clicking on: Renew Online! - Make sure to select "Glens Falls Saratoga" as your chapter!

You may also update your email address by clicking on the Email Icon.