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Busy Season for Summit Stewards

BY Stephanie Coppola

Summit Stewards protect 5alpineplants

Summit Stewards have been in the news lately for the hard work they did over Labor Day weekend. If you missed the stories find them listed below. After a busy weekend Summit Stewards usually have little voice left. They don’t complain because they know the plants under our collective watch have no voice at all.

We remain resolute in our commitment to protect New York’s alpine plants from trampling. We are now working to put plans in place for what we expect will by a busy Columbus Day/Thanksgiving Day weekend next month.

We would like to make a special mention of the Adirondack 46ers for their generosity stepping in at a critical time this year. Without their assistance, we would have had to reduce the number of stewards on the summits.

At times like this we are tremendously grateful to the many people who make the Summit Stewardship Program possible. Without your support, plants on the summits would have had no one to protect them when the crowds arrived. Two founding partners, the DEC and The Nature Conservancy remain critical to the success of this program. Thank you to our 2016 funders ADKhighpeaks Foundation, Christine and Alex and all the team behind the Adirondack Archangels book, the Adirondack Foundation for hosting the #507 Fund, the Waterman Alpine Stewardship Fund, and all the contributors to the Will Cummer Gear Fund. We would also like to thank the many people who have contacted us and let us know how much this program matters to you.

For more details on all our funders and what they helped the Summit Stewardship Program achieve in 2016 click here.

Links to Labor Day Overcrowding:
http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2016/08/beyond-peak-capacity-boom-high-peaks-hikers.html
http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2016/09/adirondack-trail-headlines-from-the-not-too-distant-past.html
http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/page/content.detail/id/565516/Hiking-boom-too-much-for-ADK-staff.html?platform=hootsuite