ADK Today

Vol. 1, No. 1: November 12, 2008

ADK Today
This is the first edition of an electronic newsletter that we will be distributing from time to time. (I expect every two or three weeks or whenever I have enough stuff to make it worthwhile.) This should make it easier for you to keep up with what's happening in ADK without being inundated with e-mails. Paul Ertelt, ADK Communications Director

Adirondack Birding
The first comprehensive guide to birding sites in the Adirondack Park is now available from ADK. Authors John M.C. Peterson and Gary N. Lee drew on decades of field experience in selecting 60 places where you can walk or paddle to find the species of most interest to birders. Member price $16..76. More here.

Wilderness Affair
View a slideshow from the 2008 "Wilderness Affair: Get Wild for Wilderness."

Marcellus Shale
On Oct. 29, Allison Beals submitted testimony to an Assembly committee looking into plans for gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation beneath much of central and western New York. ADK is concerned about the impact of environmentally disruptive drilling practices on state parks and forestland in the region. Read the testimony here.

Day One
President-elect Obama will reverse attempts by the Bush administration to push through polluter-friendly changes to the Clean Air Act, according to Greenwire, a subscription-only environmental newsletter.. Greenwire quoted Obama adviser Dan Kammen as saying that any last-minute attacks on clean air rules by the outgoing administration will be revisited on "day one."

ADK in the News

The Poughkeepsie Journal reported on Jane Geisler's 55 years of trail work. More here.

An Adirondack Daily Enterprise story on the state purchase of 20,000 acres in the northeastern Adirondacks mentioned the new trail up Lyon Mountain built by ADK's Professional Trail Crew. More here.

The Enterprise also ran a story on the debate over whether New York state should take over Adirondack Loj Road, which provides access to ADK's Heart Lake property. More here.

WAMC, Northeast Public Radio, ran a piece on ADK's continuing legal battle over the Clean Air Mercury Rule. Listen here.

The Albany Times Union reported on illegal ATV use on the Taconic Ridge Trail. More here.

The Legislative Gazette reported on Allison Beal's testimony at a budget hearing for the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. More here

Chapter Notes

The Long Island Chapter plans to devote a page on its Web site to members' recipes. More here.

To save money and reduce environmental impacts, the Niagara Frontier Chapter plans to stop mailing a print version of its chapter newsletter. Once the plan is implemented, members will get an electronic newsletter, unless they specifically request a print version. More here.

Art Exhibit

Works by the Upper Hudson Valley Watercolor Society's Miniature Group will be on display through Dec. 31 at the bookstore at ADK headquarters in Lake George. Store hours: 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

It's That Time of Year
The holiday season is fast approaching, but has some great gift ideas. Of course, they saved the best for last.

Save the Date
June 26-28: The ADK Long Island Chapter will host the 2009 Spring Outing, "The Undiscovered Island Revisited." "We'll explore the diversity and scenic beauty of the Island through a creative schedule of hikes, beach walks, paddles, biking, sailing, cultural activities and more." Headquarters for the weekend will be the Holiday Inn in Ronkonkoma. For information, call Sue Stricker at (631) 470-2197 or e-mail Bill Schneider. More on upcoming ADK events here.

ADK Today is an occasional compendium of news and views of interest to members of the Adirondack Mountain Club (AD).. It is produced and distributed by the ADK Communications Department, 301 Hamilton Street, Albany, NY 12210. Comments, questions or concerns about the content of this newsletter? Want to be added to or dropped from our distribution list? Send us an e-mail.


Paul Ertelt
Communications Director
Adirondack Mountain Club
(518) 449-3870
(518) 810-7741 (cell)

Moira Beach
Publicity Chair
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