In 2018, ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) and the Adirondack 46ers (46ers) entered a three-year joint commitment to promote stewardship and conservation throughout the High Peaks Wilderness.
The 46ers committed $71,000 in funding to protect trails and summits with ADK in 2018, $34,000 in 2019, and will provide an additional $41,000 in 2020 towards those efforts an announcement sent to the press says. Last year, their funding supported trail projects in Avalanche Pass and on Mt. Colden.
The 46ers has pledged another$15,000 in support of the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program, a partnership of ADK, The Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Summit stewards help protect rare alpine plants by educating hikers.
46ers funds will also support ADK’s Professional Trail Crew for training, spring patrols and trail projects in Avalanche Pass and on Mt. Haystack. ADK’s Professional Trail Crew performs trail reconstruction using primarily hand tools and native materials, providing durable surfaces for hikers to travel on.
Since 2002, the 46ers have contributed over $350,000 to ADK’s Professional Trail Crew and the High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program, their announcement said.