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Oct 8, 2018, Wilson Pond Trail Maintenance - It's time for the fall Wilson Pond Trail maintenance. I waited until at or near peak leaf color. Based on a previous memo, I plan on doing the work this Monday, Columbus Day. I'll be at the trailhead at 10 a.m. The trailhead is at on the south side of NY Route 28, 3 miles west of the hamlet of Blue Mountain. Please contact me, either by email or phone 607 588-6945 if you plan on attending so I will know to wait at the trailhead if someone is a little late. It's always a pretty hike and the colors alone should make the trip worthwhile. Hope to see some new faces!
- Al Martel, Trails Committee

Sep 29, 2018 Board of Director's Meeting Report - Hopefully, I am finally getting the 'Who's On First!?' re the BOD to all the right people! Following are the notes from the meeting.
'Financials' may be summarized as "on or better than budgeted". HPIC sales were greater than 50% above the already optimistic projection budgeted. This was one of the concerns that I was to address at the BOD meeting. Obviously, the improvements re the construction of the new building successfully capitalized on the needs of High Peak hikers.
Watch for an announcement on the ADK website regarding the Executive Director position.
'Advocacy': ADK is opposing relaxed EPA restrictions on coal energy generation which would have significant negative impact to the environment in general and the Adirondacks in particular. Acid rain and mercury deposition are major concerns.
Changes to our insurance (a new company) allows a reduction in limitations. We may now schedule Susquehanna Chapter rock climbing outings!
'Operations': a new Education Director is being sought. Julia Goren is leaving ADK.
Three new yurts are being erected for educational use. Help is needed to do so. Contact headquarters if you can help. Program availability is maxed out due to staff limitations.
'Membership': a new website is being developed to improve inter chapter communications. Chapter roundtables will be scheduled to aid in membership improvements. Think of topics, questions to bring to this meeting.
'Development': "More than 85% of ADK members are college graduates, indicating a middle class or higher income. With 28,000 members/ 17,000 families, Major Donors ($500 or more) number 65 (less than 1%). Compared to similar environmental groups such as Appalachian Mt. Club or Mohonk Preserve generate large donations. ADK is CHEAP!"
Lastly, my suggestion to reach potential members via brochures left at trailhead registers and leantos was rejected due to NYS regulations prohibiting same. Welcome to New York!
I have all the handouts with much greater detail should anyone be interested. Al Martel, Director

Oct 18 - Please consider attending the Third Annual Upper Susquehanna Watershed Forum October 18 at Morris Conference Center, SUNY Oneonta.
The event will be held from 8:30-5:30pm with an optional field trip on October 17 and happy hours following both days events. The forum will have speakers from our local area as well as the region and wider throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. We will also have plenty of networking opportunities and a panel to discuss dairy and agriculture and its impacts to our water quality. The event is FREE and open to the public, however registration is needed (http://ow.ly/WWuc30lRgCO). Please share widely with your colleagues and partner organizations. Hope to see you there! - Leslie
Leslie L. Orzetti, Ph.D., Executive Director
Otsego County Conservation Association, Inc.
7207 State Highway 80, PO Box 931
Cooperstown, NY 13326
607) 547-4488; (607) 282-4087
http://occainfo.org/

Nov 14 - Otsego County Forests Presentation Joe Sweeney OCSWD Forest Technician will be speaking, 7pm, November 14 at the Elm Park Methodist Church in Oneonta. Joe will be discussing the county forest locations and their possibilities for recreational pursuits. Our county forests were used primarily as a timber bank for the county to make money off of for many years. For several years they have gone without management. The current state of most of the property the county owns is heavily harvested. It is my goal to manage these properties with more sustainable timber harvesting methods and to manage them for recreation, wildlife, water conservation, opposed to solely timber management. I would like to discuss the recreational demand in the county and the need for community use to justify management and sustain these properties. I would like to hear from the community on what types of outdoor recreation I should be managing for and what they would like to see in our management plans. I will be sharing my thoughts on conservation and the Ideas that I have to improve our forest lands. I would really like the presentation to be discussion with some back and forth dialog with the club members. For more information contact Liza Mundy lizaegloff@aol.com

Few Guidelines/Reminders for Trip Leaders for Susquehanna Chapter
1. No more than six days prior to the outing, send information to both Moira Beach at adksusq@gmail.com who will forward it to those on the email list, and to Currie Marr at cmarr@stny.rr.com who will put the info on the website calendar. Information should include location, approximate distance and difficulty, meeting time and/or carpooling info, as well as your name and phone number.
2. If a trip has to be cancelled, notify Moira and Currie by e-mail as soon as possible. Also, you can call Currie (432-5434), Julie (432-8642) or Linda (432-8969).
3. When the Liability Release Form has been signed by all participants, turn it in to Julie Smith or Linda Pearce. The Form can be downloaded from the website www. susqadk.org.
4. If you should be asked about bringing a dog on the outing, our chapter’s policy is not to allow dogs. An exception would be if a leader is on their own property, and chooses to have their own dog along, and the dog does not pose a problem for the hikers in any way.
5. Following the outing, you may send a trip report to Currie (cmarr@stny.rr.com) who will post it on the website and it will later appear in Foot-Loose!.
6. If you have any further questions, contact Julie Smith (607-432-8642), smithj3@hartwick.edu or Linda Pearce (607-432-8969), lpearce42@yahoo.com.

CHAPTER MEETINGS are held the third Wednesday of the month, September through May, at the Elm Park Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut Street, Oneonta (except where noted). Members and the public are invited to our early evening potluck supper at 6 p.m. (please bring a dish to pass, your own table service and mug or cup); programs begin at 7 p.m., followed by a short business meeting.

ADIRONDACK MOUNTAIN CLUB ANNUAL MEMBEERSHIP DUES are $50 for individuals and $60 for families (other membership levels are available, including seniors and students). Benefits of membership include:
• discounts on ADK merchandise
• discounts on ADK workshops and programs
• invitations to member only outings and extended trips
• reduced rates at ADK facilities: lodges, lean-tos, cabins, and 20% discount on ADK trail guides, canoe guides, maps, campgrounds
• books and calendars
• membership in one of ADK's 27 chapters throughout the Northeast
For more ADK information please go to www.adksusq@adk.org or call 1 800 395 8080

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