In the Adirondacks, alpine ecosystems are areas above the treeline that are home to rare and endangered alpine plants more commonly found in arctic regions of North America.
Alpine ecosystems cover approximately 173 acres on top of more than a dozen High Peaks, including Marcy, Algonquin and Wright. Alpine vegetation is highly susceptible to human impacts such as trampling and climate change.
Ten years ago, the Adirondacks hosted the Northeastern Alpine Stewardship Gathering for the first time. Since then visitor usage has increased in the High Peaks region, where all of the Park’s alpine ecosystems can be found.
The Alpine Stewardship Gathering is returning to the Adirondacks as the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program celebrates its 30th Anniversary. The event will provide an opportunity to discuss and assess Adirondack alpine stewardship efforts in light of changing recreation patterns.
The conference will be held at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid starting Friday, October 25th with a reception and presentation from Tom Butler. Saturday, October 26th, will be all-day presentations from researchers, stewardship practitioners, and land managers, with an evening presentation by Ben Lawhon. On Sunday, October 27th, conference attendees will have an opportunity to choose from a number of field trips leaving from the Adirondak Loj and Heart Lake Program Center, including driving up Whiteface and hiking up Wright Peak with summit stewards.
The $50 conference fee includes a Friday mixer, Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner and Sunday bag lunch.
Registration is available online. Rooms are available at the High Peaks Resort at a rate of $152 per night with a two-night minimum. For reservations, call (518) 523-4411 and reserve under the event “Northeastern Alpine Stewardship Gathering”. Camping and lodging are also available at the Adirondak Loj, six miles south of the village of Lake Placid. For reservations, call (518) 523-3441.
The program is a partnership between ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club), the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC).
For more information, call Kayla White at (518) 523-3441 Ext. 117 or visit The Waterman Fund’s website.
Photo of Northeastern Alpine Stewardship Gathering attendees provided.