wilderness hikers

Wilderness Training to Match our Mountains

Back in June something occurred with potentially great significance for the Adirondack Park that flew below the proverbial radar. That month, The stress of our sheer numbers on wild lands, other hikers, summit stewards, forest and assistant rangers and local communities and volunteers bordering Routes 73 and 86 this hiking season – and many before this…

Giant Mountain

“We are seriously degrading the resource”

Thank you to reporter Gwen Craig of the Adirondack Explorer (and Times Union) for her recent articles about recreational user pressures created by all of us entering the High Peaks Wilderness from the private lands of the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR)/Ausable Club off of Rt. 73. As reported, user pressures and resulting damage to the private lands have…

Joseph S. Butera, President and Co-Founder, Northeast Ecological Recovery Center

Tick Borne Illness and Forest Fragmentation

As the nice weather comes upon us, some of us wish to get out into the great outdoors, our parks and forested areas.  But oh yes, there’s one little problem, Lyme Disease.   “Remember, Knowledge is Power.” Lyme Disease comes down to ONE SIMPLE FACT: Lower numbers of ticks attaching themselves to White-footed Mice, equals lower cases…