Monday, July 1, 2024

Maintain the Chain event aims to clean up ADK waters one self-directed project at a time

What began as a Boon family tradition of sprucing up the area around their Fourth Lake camp has evolved into a widespread clean up event dubbed Maintain the Chain (MTC) that focuses on maintaining the beauty of the Adirondack Park. The 4th annual Maintain the Chain event is scheduled to occur during Adirondack Water Week, August 3 – 11, 2024. The volunteer event is comprised of self-directed, environmentally-focused improvement projects dedicated to preserving the lakes and watershed of the Fulton Chain of Lakes and beyond.

Registration for this year’s event is now open. Those who won’t be in the Adirondack region during this time are welcome to complete a self-directed project any time it is convenient for them. Please visit this RESOURCE MATERIAL page for project ideas.

MTC participants are asked to submit photos of self-directed projects via email by to be in the running for the “Best Project” award and to win gifts of appreciation. Winners of the “Best Project” award will receive a plaque with their name(s) engraved on it. In addition, names will be added to plaques housed in both the Town of Inlet and the Town of Webb public spaces. Please submit photos to by August 25.

A group photo of the Adirondack Council participating in the MTC event in 2022. Photo provided by Carin Gonsalves.

MTC participants

The Boon, Gonsalves and Hotaling families of Old Forge spend the day cleaning up the bottom of Fourth Lake near Inlet Beach. Pictured from left: Isabella Boon, Dana Gonsalves, Maurits Boon, Carin Gonsalves, Peter Hotaling, Owen Hotaling, Nolan Boon, and Brian Hotaling (in center, kneeling). Photo provided by Carin Gonsalves.

MTC and View, the arts center in Old Forge, are sponsoring three free educational lectures leading up to the EcoArts Festival and the MTC event. Lectures will be held throughout the month of July at View. See below for details on the lectures.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Time: 6 to 7 p.m.

Topic: An Exploration of the Northern Peatlands

Speaker: Charlie Reinertsen, Founder of Twolined Studio, is a photographer, videographer, writer, exhibit developer, naturalist guide, and commercially-licensed drone pilot. Twolined Studio is the home of the Northern Peatlands Project, a photographic journey through one of the rarest ecosystems on Earth.

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Topic: Climate Change and its Impact on Adirondack Lake Trout

Speaker: Thomas Detmer, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Adirondack Fisheries Research Program, Cornell University Department of Natural Resources 

Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Topic: Raptors of the ADK (Come learn about the importance of raptors in the environment and how to protect them.)

Speaker: Mark Manske, Founder of Adirondack Raptors, Inc.

The 2nd annual free family-friendly EcoArts Festival at View in Old Forge will be held on August 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Art meets Science at the 2024 EcoArts Festival which serves as the launch of the Maintain the Chain Event. This family-friendly event includes ecology-themed craft projects and booths from conservation organizations including representatives from the Fulton Chain of Lakes Association, Adirondack Council, Adirondack Watershed Institute, ADK Action, Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, NY Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, Raquette Lake Preservation Foundation, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, LivingADK, and the Champlain Adirondack Biosphere Network. Representatives will share their expertise with festival attendees. Event organizers said they are thrilled to have Bernadette Hoffman and Max, the Canada Lynx attend the EcoArts Festival once again this year.

MTC participants are asked to read the important Safety Checklist before conducting their projects.

Photo at top: The Boon and Hotaling families help clean up the bottom of First Lake where a house exploded in Old Forge during the summer of 2021. The families worked together with Gary Shreppel from the FCLA and his brother Mark. Photo provided by Carin Gonsalves.

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2 Responses

  1. Jackie Woodcock says:

    This is Amazing and inspirational! Bless these people for their efforts. My kind of special!!!

  2. Greeting : Telkom University
    What are some of the self-directed projects that participants can do?

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