The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) summer lecture series at the High Peaks Information Center (HPIC) will focus on the glories of the natural world and serious environmental threats that could greatly alter that world.
The Saturday evening series will include talks on climate change by author Jerry Jenkins and hydraulic fracturing by ADK Executive Director Neil Woodworth; presentations about the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and the backcountry of New Zealand; and even a night of music with the eclectic sounds of Annie and The Hedonists.
Saturday evening lectures at HPIC begin at 8 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public. HPIC is located on ADK’s Heart Lake property on Adirondack Loj Road, about 8 miles south of Lake Placid.
June 23: Climate Change in the Adirondacks: What is Happening, How Vulnerable Are We?
Join Jerry Jenkins, an ecologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society Adirondack Program, as he talks about climate change in the Adirondacks. He is the author of “Climate Change in the Adirondacks: The Path to Sustainability,” a newly released book on the local implications of climate change, published by the Cornell University Press. Come see how climate change is affecting the Adirondacks.
June 30: Annie and The Hedonists
Listen to the wonderful musical talents of Annie and The Hedonists. These talented musicians from Schenectady are making their journey up North to help us celebrate summer in the Adirondacks. You’ll enjoy beautiful vocals and harmonies that are blended into an eclectic mix of acoustic folk, torchy blues, standards, bluegrass, gospel, early jazz and more.
July 7: Hydrofracking in New York
Hydraulic fracturing or hydrofracking, commonly known as fracking, is a technique used to release petroleum, natural gas or other substances from the ground. In recent years this technique has come under fire because of concerns of its possible negative environmental impacts and human health effects. Neil Woodworth, ADK’s executive director, will discuss what hydrofracking is, its potential impact on the environment and legislation concerning this topic.
July 14: Invasive Forest Pests: Serious Potential Threats to the North Country Forests
Join Thomas Colarusso from the USDA and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service as he talks about a few of the invasive forest pests that are threatening our Adirondack forests today. Invasive species are getting more attention these days as different pests are popping up all around the country and state. The emerald ash borer is a beetle that kills ash trees and was recently found in other parts of New York State. The Asian longhorned beetle is a large beetle that has the potential to kill over a dozen species of trees and is a risk for introduction to the Northeast. Come hear how you can help by slowing and stopping the spread of pests like these.
July 21: A Journey on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail
Join Mike Lynch for a multimedia slideshow on his 45-day trip on the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail in the summer of 2011. Lynch will talk about essential gear for this long-distance trip, challenges he faced along the way and some of the voyage’s highlights involving people, places and wildlife he encountered.
July 28: From New York to New Zealand: Exploring a Different Kind of Backcountry
Join Jackie Keating for a reflection on her time in one of the most photogenic countries in the world: New Zealand. Participants will learn about New Zealand culture, the secrets of a different kind of backcountry, logistics of New Zealand travel, and reflections on a new found appreciation for the unique aspects of our own Adirondack wilderness.
Aug. 4: The World of John Burroughs
Edward Kanze, author of “The World of John Burroughs,” will tell the story of the great New York State naturalist John Burroughs (1837-1921) through words and pictures. Burroughs, a naturalist and writer, enjoyed enormous popularity and influence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Directly and indirectly, through his friendships with Walt Whitman, Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, Burroughs helped launch the conservation movement in America and abroad.
The Adirondack Mountain Club, founded in 1922, is the oldest and largest organization dedicated to the protection of the New York State Forest Preserve. ADK is a nonprofit, membership organization that protects the Forest Preserve, state parks and other wild lands and waters through conservation and advocacy, environmental education and responsible recreation. For more information about ADK, visit their website at www.adk.org.