Lake Placid, NY — The Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program has started its 34th season of protecting New York’s alpine ecosystem. Summit stewards will be educating hikers on high peaks summits—namely Marcy, Algonquin, Wright, and Cascade—through Indigenous People’s Day.
“We are excited to continue the important work of protecting New York’s alpine ecosystem,” said Liam Ebner, ADK Summit Steward Coordinator. “The Summit Stewardship Program has been and continues to be one of the best examples we have of an outreach effort that has successfully shown people how to protect sensitive ecosystems while they enjoy them.”
Since the program’s founding in 1989, summit stewards have educated over 600,000 hikers about alpine vegetation and how to protect it. The result has been a remarkable recovery in vegetation on alpine-carrying summits in the High Peaks region, a trend that has held despite increases in visitor use over the last decade.
To ensure that this continues, the Summit Stewardship Program encourages hikers to take five steps to protect alpine vegetation:
- Do the “rock walk” and stay on the marked path
- Keep dogs on a leash
- Don’t camp above 3,500 feet
- Remind others kindly to stay off the alpine vegetation
- Pack out trash and poop
Learn more about the Summit Stewardship Program at ADK.org/summit-stewardship-program/
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: Liam Ebner, ADK Summit Steward Coordinator. Photo provided by Benjamin Brosseau, ADK, Director of Communications.
No more common sense in our society, we have to be told to:
Do the “rock walk” and stay on the marked path
Keep dogs on a leash
Don’t camp above 3,500 feet
Remind others kindly to stay off the alpine vegetation
Pack out trash and poop.
The last one is my favorite and the reason I quit the high peaks. Good thing we have the Summit Stewards, otherwise these areas would be no more.