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Summit Stewardship Program 2021 End of Season Report


By Kayla White, Stewardship Manager In its 32nd year, the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program has adapted and continued to protect the alpine ecosystem while expanding its outreach through new avenues. With changing state and federal guidelines and an increased understanding of the pandemic, we were able to safely hire READ MORE

Summit Stewardship Program Releases 2020 Mid-Season Report


This season has been challenging for the program. We all have had to make sacrifices for the safety of our neighbors and loved ones. I want to take a moment to thank you all for your patience, resilience and activism in these trying times. We’ve all had to adapt and READ MORE

Monitoring Alpine Plants in the High Peaks


New York State’s rarest ecosystem co-exists with some of the greatest recreational opportunities in the state atop the Adirondack High Peaks. These peaks have been experiencing a dramatic increase in the numbers of hikers over the past seven years. Adirondack High Peaks summit stewards have been educating hikers about the alpine READ MORE

Update from the Summits: June 2018


Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewards were in training from Memorial Day weekend (5/25) through mid-June. New volunteers participated in training in early May and team stewarding through the end of June. Summit Steward training includes team stewarding with returning staff, Wilderness First Aid, Leave No Trace Trainer course, botany training READ MORE

2017 Summit Steward Season


Education With a dedicated crew of 4 professional stewards and 23 volunteers, summit stewards have spoken to 24,738 hikers on the mountain tops this year so far! Summit stewards can be found teaching hikers how to stay on the rocks and off alpine plants on Marcy, Algonquin, Wright and Cascade READ MORE

Alpine Spring


Alpine plants are the sprinters of the plant world. In the Adirondacks, they have about sixty frost-free days a year in which to bloom and store energy before winter returns. Once the snow and ice start to melt in May, alpine plants begin photosynthesizing immediately. Another adaptation is that alpine READ MORE

How Winter Shapes the Alpine Zone


New York’s alpine zone is a dangerous, gripping, and magnificent place. Above this treeless landscape you are exposed to the elements: ripping wind, slippery ice, and snow that could come up to your boots in one section of trail and up to your waist in another. It is also home READ MORE