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Director’s Report: I attended the Board of Director’s meeting last Saturday (April 7, 2018). Highlights from the meeting are:
• ADK is doing well financially. We currently have a positive working capital. It was negative last year.
• There will be, for the first time in a couple years, a Fall Outing. It will be hosted by the Finger Lakes Chapter on October 26-28 at Watkins Glen.
More details will be available soon on the ADK website.
• Several Youth Groups have been created by various Chapters and youth events held. Young Members have increased by 46% over last year!
• National Trails Day will be held on June 2 with events held in the Old Forge area. Details on website. Could this have potential for our Pond Trail leanto?
• Our Summit Stewards program seems to be bearing fruit. Photos of fragile summit habitat show a visible improvement over those taken 10 years ago.
• Improvements have been completed to both Johns Brook Lodge and the High Peaks Information Center.
• Lastly, and very dear to my heart, a member spoke up asking to streamline the meeting. We are provided with all the material to be covered in advance and asked to read them prior to the meeting. Yet time is wasted going over that material that could have just been summarized. The time could be used to cover more important issues such as significant challenges to ADK and planning for the future. You will be pleased to know that I resisted the urge to kiss him and thus embarrass our Chapter.
As usual, I have all the handouts should anyone want more detailed information. -Submitted by Al Martel, Director

Boreas Ponds Classified as Wilderness - Finally, a vote has been taken on how to classify the pristine area around Boreas Pond in the Adirondacks. The Adirondac Explorer reports:
After years of public debate, the Adirondack Park Agency voted 8-1 on Friday morning to approve a classification for the Boreas Ponds Tract that splits it into two main categories, Wilderness and Wild Forest. Most environmental groups applauded the decision, characterizing it as a compromise that will protect the ponds, streams, wetlands, and mountain slopes on the 20,543-acre tract while giving the public reasonable access.
For more information, see https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/outtakes/apa-approves-boreas-ponds-cl... and, for ADK's view, https://www.adk.org/adks-view-on-boreas-ponds-tract-proposal/

Alaska Trip, June 13-27 - Please announce there is an Alaska trip (an informed holiday) in the works for June 13-27, 2018. My roster currently includes a local woman willing to share lodging and is looking for a roommate. Interested persons may contact me at 607-286-7541 or fleishpj@oneonta.edu. - Jay Fleisher

New Island Update - As you may recall, a few months ago the bridge that crosses Electric Lake was declared unsafe and was closed. A new trail has been completed and NEW ISLAND is accessible again! On a lovely sunny cool day, Julie, Lucille, and Aleda took a walk to see what had been done. The beginning route is the same, starting at Catella Park, crossing the I-88 ramps, and following the posted trails. You cross the field where the house burned down, curve to the left, continue on a bit until you see a big sign about 50 feet ahead - "Bridge Closed". At this point blue markings indicate the new trail to the left. The trail winds around Electric Lake bringing us through an opening in the old fence and a short stretch parallel to the highway beside a new chain link fence. From here we could peer through some trees and see the bridge that is no longer used. This section is very noisy as you would expect. The trail goes into the trees and onto an earthen embankment that once was the edge or shore of the lake. The pathway finally drops down through the woods until meeting the old rail-bed trail and the older trails. Several wooden bridges have been constructed over wet areas. It was obvious that lots of work has gone into re-routing the trail and caches of lumber mean that more bridges will be constructed. We encountered two mountain bikers and they were so happy that the area was open. We ruefully missed the nicer, old trail but agreed that at least we were able to hike to New Island again. Submitted by Aleda Koehn

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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