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ADK Board of Directors Meeting – December 5, 2010

David Trithart

 

The issue of high-volume hydrofracking for gas extraction on New York State forestlands has been a major focus of club advocacy efforts. Neil Woodworth showed aerial photos of the effects of this activity on National Forest land just over the border in Pennsylvania. Dirt roads are cut to hundreds of drill pads and staging areas—some of which are quite large. At the very least, New York should require much more in remediation, so ADK is working to promote laws that will protect public lands to the highest degree. We are the only state-wide group to take a lead on this issue.

Also at the state level, the deep cuts to staff at DEC and NYS Parks has led ADK to become a charter member of the Alliance for State Parks. DEC staff is also now inadequate to meet stewardship needs, let alone the additional demands of the hydrofracking issues.

It’s been a generally good year for ADK operations: the club is "in a good, stable financial place." The work now being done on Loj and JBL properties is beyond merely fixing decaying structures, into the more satisfying phase of improvements that enhance the guest experience.

Finally, we welcomed a new chapter (the 26th), centered in the Gloversville area: the Foothills Chapter.