Lake Placid, NY — Earlier this month, New York State Senator Dan Stec presented ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) with a legislative resolution recognizing ADK’s 100 years of teaching people how to explore and protect New York’s public lands and waters. The resolution acknowledges the many ways in which ADK has achieved this over the last century, including through educational outreach, stewardship programs, and trail work.
The resolution was sponsored by Senator Dan Stec in the Senate, Assembly member Matt Simpson in the Assembly, and co-sponsored by Assembly members Jones, Ashby, Byrne, Salka, Mikulin, DeStefano, Hawley, Manktelow, Cusick, McDonald, Smullen, McMahon, and Walsh. A physical copy was given to ADK Deputy Executive Director Julia Goren during an event at the Adirondack History Museum.
“For 100 years, ADK has played a crucial role in preserving, promoting and teaching New Yorkers about the Adirondacks,” said Senator Dan Stec. “Because of the continued efforts of ADK, our region’s public lands and waters have been enjoyed and appreciated by generations of residents and visitors, and will continue to be for generations to come. It was an honor to celebrate ADK with a resolution commemorating its 100th anniversary and its continued legacy of environmental stewardship.”
“The Adirondack Mountain Club has been and forever will be a prominent leader in the advocacy for sound interactive environmental stewardship not only in the Adirondacks but across New York State,” said Assembly member Matt Simpson. “The ability of ADK to continuously and effectively engage New York residents and visitors alike with responsible conservation and recreational habits has had a truly immeasurable impact on seeing the spirit of the Adirondack Park experiment grow from its inception to what it is today. I am proud to be partner of the Adirondack Mountain Club and as a resident inside the Blue Line, will be forever grateful for the values they continue to champion.”
“ADK’s founders created this organization to help New Yorkers enjoy the outdoors in a way that was safe, welcoming to others, and protected the outdoors for future generations,” said Michael Barrett, ADK Executive Director. “A century later, we can say that they succeeded. I would like to thank Senator Dan Stec, Assembly member Matt Simpson, and the state legislature for recognizing the positive impact that ADK has had—and continues to have—on New York’s public lands and waters.”
Based out of the Adirondack Park in New York State, ADK is a leader in providing outdoor education, promoting responsible recreation, and organizing stewardship experiences. Since 1922, the organization has worked to increase access to the backcountry by building trails, conserving natural areas, and developing a stewardship community that supports the ethical and safe use of New York’s outdoor spaces. A member, donor, and volunteer-supported organization, ADK reaches across New York through its 27 chapters to inspire people to enjoy the outdoors ethically.
Photo at top: Adirondack Mountain Club has been recognized by the NYS Legislature for 100 years of preservation efforts in the Adirondacks. ADK website photo.