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ADK Today

Vol. 2, No. 1: January 19, 2009

Almy Coggeshall

Former ADK President Almy D. Coggeshall, a staunch and effective advocate for the protection of the Adirondacks, died on New Year's Day at the age of 91. Almy served as ADK president in 1980 and 1981. He was an avid cross-country skier and an early proponent of skiing as a way to get around in the backcountry during winter. He and his wife, Anne, who died in October, wrote the popular guidebook "Twenty-Five Ski Tours in New York." In the 1960s, Almy led efforts to clean up litter on Mount Marcy and helped introduce the "carry in, carry out" philosophy to the
Adirondacks. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the First Reformed Church on the corner of Union and Church streets, Schenectady. Here's an article about Almy from the Daily Gazette: Early advocate for Adirondacks dead at 91.


Winter at ADK Lodges
Recent snows have ramped up winter activities at the Heart Lake and Johns Brook program centers. Great skiing, good trail conditions, increasing daylight hours and no bugs make for an excellent outdoor adventure. Winter education programs are in full swing for those interested in honing winter outdoor skills or just looking to get out and enjoy the backcountry. At ADK's Johns Brook Lodge property, Grace Camp and Camp Peggy O'Brien provide an unequalled basecamp for prime winter hiking in all directions, with a warm and cozy bunk waiting for you at the end of the
day. The JBL Volunteer Winter Host program provides an invaluable ADK service on weekends as volunteers stay at the Henry Young Staff Cabin and offer backcountry information to the public. Escape the winter blues and visit one of your ADK lodges soon.


Property Tax Cap

There was some hope that Governor Paterson would rescind the property tax cap on Forest Preserve lands in his 30-day budget amendments. He did not, so it is up to the Legislature to rescind this ill-conceived policy. Here's a copy of ADK's action alert on the tax cap issue and the state budget. In a related matter, ADK Communications Director Paul Ertelt testified at a joint Senate-Assembly budget hearing. Here's a copy of the testimony.


Open Space Plan

The Department of Environmental Conservation has released its Draft 2009 Open Space Conservation Plan, the blueprint for protecting New York's natural treasures. More information here.


Adirondac's Colorful Future

Starting with the March-April 2009 issue, Adirondac magazine will feature four-color images and designs throughout. This change will allow the editorial and design staff to better present information important to ADK members. The magazine will now feature full-color maps, photographs, and advertising. Advertisers may now convert their ads to full color for no additional charge. Questions should be directed to


Volunteer Opportunities

Here's your chance to give something back to the trails. ADK has scheduled a number of volunteer trail maintenance projects for the coming year, including a National Trails Day Event on Cranberry Lake, June 6; JBL Trail Work Weekend, June 12-14; and Fall Trails Day in the High Peaks, Oct. 17. Here's the complete schedule.  Also, the ADK Education Department is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to staff our small nature museum at the Heart Lake Program Center. Read more.

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On the Web

You can find back issues of ADK Today (all three of them) at our online archive. The High Peaks Information Center (HPIC) now has its own page on the ADK Web site.


Mailing Glitch

There was glitch in addressing labels for the January-February issue of Adirondac. Some magazines were inadvertently mailed with the correct address but the wrong name. We have taken steps to make sure this doesn't happen again. We want to assure members that your addresses are correct in our system, and you do not need to worry. In most cases, letter carriers delivered the magazines anyway. If you have not received your copy, send us an e-mail or call 1-800-395-8080, ext. 14, and we'll get a copy right out to you.


Become a Conservation Associate

Conservation Associates receive periodic Action Alerts and Conservation Updates via e-mail. Action Alerts let you know how you can make a difference on issues important to ADK and its members. To sign up for this free service, send an e-mail to

ADK Today is an occasional compendium of news and views of interest to members of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK). 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.



Moira Beach
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