ADK Board of Directors Meeting – September 25, 2010
A new draft plan has been issued by the DEC for state forests. It includes recommendations against all-terrain vehicle use and for gas drilling. On the other hand, ADK has testified about the dangers of hydro-fracking for gas production.
Closer to home, we are considering expansion of the camping areas around Heart Lake. Demand has grown for these spots, and camping there takes pressure off back-country camp sites. A new Northern Region guidebook is planned for 2011. And even closer to home, the ADK trail crew did work at Indian Creek Nature Center this summer.
ADK Outings have continued to be mainly fully subscribed, producing revenues for the club as well as great experiences for the participants. “Ididaride” was a success again this year – bringing in some $24,000 for the club.
Some groups that have been active advocates for Adirondack issues are in financial straits. The RCPA (Resident’s Committee) and the AFPA (Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks) have merged to form Protect! ADK is considering setting up a legal defense fund so that we can respond quickly to emerging issues. Chapters are encouraged to think about this idea as a new focus for the club.