When people join as ADK members, they have the option to associate with one of 27 ADK chapters found across New York and neighboring states. If they do so, part of their member dues go directly to that chapter. Each year, chapters determine which ADK programs they would like to support using these funds and then make investments that provide crucial support.

Last year, 24 chapters gave over $52,000 to support ADK programs and projects. This includes the Summit Stewardship Program, the Professional Trail Crew, Heart Lake Property maintenance, and more. This is an increase of $20,000 over 2018, when 20 chapters made gifts. Here are the four largest gifts made in 2019 and how they supported ADK:

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Ben Brosseau

Adirondak Loj Chapter – $12,000 for the Heart Lake Program Center, Summit Stewardship Program, and Trails Program

Albany Chapter – $8,000 for the Summit Stewardship Program

Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter – $5,000 for the Trails Program

Finger Lakes Chapter – $3,000 for a solar project at Johns Brook Lodge

Through numbers like this, it is clear that membership matters. ADK’s programs benefited tremendously from this last year. Many of these programs are the frontline, “boots-on-the-ground” efforts in helping manage high use in the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness. Every bit of support from our chapters makes a difference in ensuring that we have educators in the mountains, trail builders in the backcountry, and clean, safe facilities when visitors arrive.

Beyond funds, ADK member chapters are active volunteers, both in ADK’s volunteer projects and in their communities. As extensions of the organization, they help share ADK’s values of responsible recreation and public land stewardship. We thank them not only for their support last year, but also for their leadership as role models for the outdoor community across New York State.

Interested in becoming a member and joining one of our chapters? Learn more here.