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Entries from April 24th, 2012

AsRA and DEC Seek Volunteers for Tree Planting

April 24th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Plant Trees Along the Ausable River and its Tributaries
on Sunday, April 29

NYSDEC LogoVolunteers are sought to plant trees along river and stream corridors in the Ausable River Watershed on Sunday, April 29, the Ausable River Association (AsRA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced.

The trees will be planted at sites in the Towns of Jay and Keene and the Village of Au Sable Forks to stabilize eroded stream and river banks damaged by last year’s flooding, protect property from future flood damage and improve wildlife habitat. Sites include River Side Park and the water line construction site in Au Sable Forks, the Wells Memorial Library and Brookside Motor Inn in Upper Jay, and others from Keene Valley to Au Sable Forks. Volunteers will join AsRA, DEC, Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and Essex County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) staff in planting trees.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Grand Union parking lot along NYS Route 9-N in Au Sable Forks at 12:00, noon, on April 29. After receiving quick instructions from organizers, volunteers will form teams and disperse to sites with organizer staff. Volunteers should be prepared to provide their own transportation or carpool with other team members, though some sites are within walking distance.

The tree planting will take place rain or shine, so volunteers should dress properly for weather conditions. Sturdy hiking shoes or boots will be needed. Volunteers should also bring: work gloves, a shovel (if you have one); drinking water; and snacks (if desired). Light refreshments will be provided in the afternoon to planting teams.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about tree planting techniques, proper species placement according to habitat, and long-term care. Volunteers can participate for whatever amount of time in the afternoon they desire, though planting will conclude by 5 pm or when all trees have been planted, if sooner.

The trees are supplied by the DEC Saratoga Tree Nursery through the Lake Champlain Basin “Trees for Tributaries” program. The program is a partnership between DEC and the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The goals of the program are to restore and protect the stream corridors that connect to Lake Champlain. AsRA and Essex County SWCD, as part of the Champlain Watershed Improvement Coalition of New York, receive support from the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative through USDA-NRCS for this year’s riparian buffer planting projects.

Ausable River AssociationIf you have questions, please visit www.ausableriver.org or contact the Ausable River Association at 873-3752 or info@ausableriver.org.

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Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!

April 17th, 2012 · No Comments · Miscellania

Invasive Species Flyer for Boaters
Invasive Species Flyer for Boaters

Invasion! (via The Lake George Association)

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Adirondack Museum Receives Grants

April 17th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Adirondack MuseumBlue Mountain Lake, NY – David M. Kahn, Executive Director of the Adirondack Museum has announced today that the museum has received grants from the following foundations: New York State Council on the Arts, New York Council for the Humanities, Wal-Mart Foundation, International Paper Foundation, Stewart’s Holiday Match program, and Museumwise Go! Grant program. In total, the grants add up to nearly $50,000 in supporting funds for the not-for-profit institution.

The Adirondack Museum has been awarded a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts in the amount of $42,000 for general operating support for the 2012 year. The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, is dedicated to preserving and expanding the rich and diverse cultural resources that are and will become the heritage of New York’s citizens. For more information, visit www.nysca.org.

The New York Council for the Humanities has awarded the museum $3,000 which supported the museum’s annual Cabin Fever Sunday winter lecture series, held throughout the Adirondack region. The New York Council for the Humanities strives to help all New Yorkers become thoughtful participants in our communities by promoting critical inquiry, cultural understanding and civic engagement. Founded in 1975, the New York Council for the Humanities is the sole statewide proponent of public access to the humanities. The Council is a private 501(c)3 that receives Federal, State, and private funding. Online at www.nycouncil.org.

The Wal-Mart Foundation’s gift of $1,000 will be used to purchase educational supplies for children’s activities for public programs and special events. The Wal-Mart Foundation strives to provide opportunities that improve the lives of individuals in our communities including their customers and associates. Through financial contributions, in-kind donations and volunteerism, the Wal-Mart Foundation supports initiatives focused on enhancing opportunities in four main focus areas: education, workforce development / economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, health and wellness. Online at http://walmartstores.com/communitygiving/203.aspx

The International Paper Foundation’s grant of $2,000 will be used to cover the costs of materials and supplies for the museum’s Exhibit Master Plan process. In 2012, working with a team of nationally prominent consultants, the Adirondack Museum will develop its first museum-wide Exhibition Master Plan. This plan will result in making the visitor experience at the museum even more compelling and exciting. Updating some existing long-term exhibits with new information and perspectives, introducing additional long-term exhibits on issues of current concern, and identifying topics for dynamic changing exhibits will position the museum to better serve both current and future visitors. For additional information about the IP Foundation, please visit www.ipgiving.com.

The Stewart’s Holiday Match program has awarded the museum with $500 for the Adirondack Museum’s educational programs. The museum serves students and teachers throughout the Adirondack region and beyond. Offerings include exhibit-based classes, field trip opportunities, outreach programs in the classroom, and online research opportunities. The museum sees more than 8,000 students per year. For additional information about the Stewart’s Holiday Match program, please visit: www.stewartsshops.com/HolidayMatch.

The Museumwise GO! Grant program has provided a grant in the amount of $750 to cover the costs for two Adirondack Museum staff members to attend the 2012 Museums in Conversation Conference in Albany, N.Y. Christine Campeau, Museum Educator/School Programs Manager and Kate Moore, Marketing Manager will attend the conference in April 2012. For more information about Museumwise, please visit www.museumwise.org.

“The Adirondack Museum is thankful for the generosity of New York State Council on the Arts, New York State Council for the Humanities, Wal-Mart Foundation, International Paper Foundation, Museumwise and Stewart’s Holiday Match Program for their support of the Adirondack Museum” said David M. Kahn, Executive Director, Adirondack Museum.

The Adirondack Museum, accredited by the American Association of Museums, shares the history and culture of the Adirondack region in 22 exhibits on a 32-acre campus in the Central Adirondacks. The museum is supported in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. For additional information, visit www.adirondackmuseum.org or call (518) 352-7311.

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Adirondack Council Commemorates First Earth Day by Reducing Price of Carbon Retirement to $19.70

April 17th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Donation Prevents Three Tons of Real Carbon Emissions from Northeast Power Plants, Helps Organization Buy & Extinguish Government-Issued Pollution Rights

Adirondack CouncilALBANY, NY  – The only environmental organization in America to compete with power companies for carbon allowances at government-run carbon auctions is asking the public to help retire those allowances in celebration of Earth Day. The Adirondack Council announced today that it has lowered the price for retiring three tons of carbon from the normal $25, dropping it to $19.70 to commemorate the first Earth Day in 1970. For a tax-deductible contribution of $19.70, donors will receive an embossed Carbon Reduction Certificate commemorating the permanent retirement of three tons’ worth of allowances.

The organization has participated in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the nation’s only government-mandated carbon emissions reduction program, since its inception in 2008. Power companies must purchase one allowance for every ton of carbon they emit from their smokestacks.

A limited number of allowances are sold each year, and each year there are fewer allowances sold, reducing the amount of carbon that may be emitted. As allowances become scarce and the price rises, the incentive to clean up emissions increases.

RGGI was created four years ago by 10 Northeast states ranging from Maine to Maryland. RGGI sells allowances at auctions. Auction proceeds go back to the 10 states to fund clean energy and energy conservation programs.

Celebrate Earth Day - Purchase a Carbon Reduction CertificateThe Adirondack Council is the only environmental organization that competes against the power companies and purchases allowances at RGGI auctions. So far, the Council has purchased 14,000 allowances and has retired more than half of those via Carbon Reduction Certificates.

“Anyone who wants to help us can retire three tons of carbon by buying a Carbon Reduction Certificate,” said Adirondack Council Executive Director Brian L. Houseal. “Every carbon allowance we retire causes a one-ton reduction in the total amount carbon emissions allowed by the government.

“You can keep the certificate yourself, or give it to your favorite environmentalist,” he explained. “We are happy to personalize them. It’s a great way to do something real, meaningful and personal to reduce carbon emissions and fight against catastrophic climate change.

“You could bid at the auctions yourself, but the minimum lot size is 1,000 allowances,” Houseal said. “That just isn’t affordable for most individuals. We have thousands of members, so it was easier for us to get started.”Houseal said it was time the nation got started too.

“Over the past decade, the Adirondack Park has been battered by severe storms and record-breaking floods. Winter is now two weeks shorter than it used to be up here,” Houseal said. “Americans have to get serious about curbing the effects of climate change now. We would like to see RGGI become a national program, and then an international model for reducing greenhouse gas emissions quickly and inexpensively.”

RGGI was the first carbon-reduction program in the nation. California and several Midwest states are forming similar trading programs.

“Allowance trading has worked wonders in reducing acid rain, smog and fine particle emissions from power plants across the country,” he said. “It is our best hope for reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases without causing economic harm. Allowance trading gets the job done, and has already saved the power industry – and we customers — billions of dollars.”

All revenue from the Adirondack Council’s Carbon Reduction Certificates goes back into the Adirondack Council’s advocacy, public education and carbon-reduction programs. To make a contribution and receive a Carbon Reduction Certificate, people can call toll-free (877) 873-2240 or click here.

A national leader on acid rain and climate change, the Adirondack Council is a privately funded, not-for-profit organization founded in 1975. The Council is dedicated to ensuring the ecological integrity and wild character of New York’s 9,300-square-mile Adirondack Park.

The Council carries out its mission through research, education, advocacy and legal action. Adirondack Council members live in all 50 United States.

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Come to Life

April 11th, 2012 · No Comments · Destination Marketing

I still like this tagline. I guess we don’t really own it.

Adirondacks - Come to Life

Originalwork by Karsh Hagan (via Small City Branding Around the World)

(BTW, I totally agree with the notion of self-actualization and tourism marketing.)

And in related news….

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