Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) has partnered with two volunteer groups, the Friends of Hurricane Mountain and the Friends of St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower to facilitate the restoration, interpretation, and management of the Hurricane Mountain and St. Regis Mountain fire towers.
Both groups were formed to advocate for the preservation and public use of these towers, which were built in the early 20th century to protect Adirondack forests from devastating forest fires. In November, 2014, the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) issued a final unit management plan that would recognize the historic significance of the towers and allow for their restoration.
Both Friends groups will operate under the nonprofit auspices of AARCH and undertake their work through a Volunteer Stewardship Agreement (VSA) with DEC. Both expect to begin active work on the towers and trails in 2015.
To learn more and to get involved, or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit the Friends of Hurricane Mountain website at www.hurricanefiretower.org and the Friends of St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower website at www.friendsofstregis.org.
Adirondack Architectural Heritage is the nonprofit historic preservation organization for New York State’s Adirondack Park. AARCH was formed in 1990 with a mission to promote better public understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of the Adirondacks’ unique and diverse architectural heritage.