A summit steward speaks to a hiker on the summit of Algonquin

Photo by Seth Jones

ADK is excited to have received the first grant from the #507 Fund to support the Summit Stewardship Program. The #507 Fund, held at the Adirondack Foundation, was opened in memory of Dr. Edwin Ketchledge to continue his work to protect alpine plants in the Adirondack High Peaks. The endowment fund takes its name from Ketch’s Adirondack Forty-Sixer number. The $1,900 distribution is the first from the Fund, which has reached $79,000.

“This is an exciting moment for the Summit Stewardship Program. We thank Christine Bourjade and Alex Radmanovich for their remarkable leadership and all the donors to the #507 Fund for investing in the future of the program. Many of those donors saw first-hand what the High Peaks were like before Ketch and his team began the long process of revegetating areas devastated by hiker trampling. They recognize that the stewards are the best way to protect vulnerable alpine plants.” – Julia Goren, Summit Steward Coordinator