ADK’s successful application for funding within the New York State Consolidated Funding Application process means changes ahead for the High Peaks Information Center (HPIC) and the campgrounds at Heart Lake property. Expansion of the store in HPIC will begin this summer. Additional campground loops and a new well are also planned. Other activities will continue as usual, including summit stewards, education programs, and campground hosts.
A major focus of the meeting was consideration of the Conservation Committee’s recommendations in response to the DEC plan for classification of and access to the Finch-Pruyn lands that will be acquired by New York over the coming years. The bulk of these lands are in the area immediately south of the High Peaks Wilderness, and include the Essex Chain Lakes and a large portion of the Hudson River Gorge. After much discussion, the Board approved the Committee’s report. While agreeing with some aspects of the DEC plan, ADK will be advocating for some changes during the public comment periods. In brief, ADK would like to see more of the lands classified as wilderness, which provides greater protections. But we also want to see road access for canoe put-in (including a short carry) to the Essex Chain Lakes.
A group called the Conservation Alliance, made up of outdoor industry companies, has funded ADK for the work we have done advocating for Allegheny State Park and other public lands.That funding has been continued for a third year at $50,000. Club revenues for the past year were about on budget, but expenses were running over budget to an extent that required action. Reducing staff costs was seen to be the unfortunate but essential step to take. As a result, the publications arm of ADK will operate using more outside editorial work, with the Club managing the book publication process. This will not affect Adirondac, but an online edition is expected to be available to subscribers soon. The updated ADK website has been quite popular, with revenues from that source better than expected. Check out its many new capabilities.