People sought to aid trail clean up

LAKE PLACID The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) will celebrate National Trails Day 2007 by coordinating its 15th annual trails event. National Trails Day is an annual nationwide day of public events, all locally planned and organized. It is recognized as Americas largest celebration of the outdoors. ADK will also be celebrating its 85th anniversary and its first trail project, which was the creation of the 133-mile long Northville-Placid trail. On Saturday, June 2, ADK along with its event partners including the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Adirondack Ski Touring Council, Adirondack Forty Sixers, and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)- Region 5 will be maintaining trails in the Saranac Lake & Wilmington Wild Forests/ High Peaks & Dix Wilderness areas. A number of waterways will also receive maintenance in conjunction with National River Clean-Up Week that begins on June 2nd. Approximately one hundred fifty volunteers will gather for a day to improve many different kinds of trails including hiking, ski/snowshoe, mountain bike, river, rock & ice climbing access, as well as maintaining portions of an alpine summit. ADK professional trail crew leaders will lead volunteers. Participants will hike or canoe into areas that have been identified as needing maintenance by the DEC. After the workday, a celebration and barbecue and will be held at the ADK Loj at Heart Lake located just outside of Lake Placid. Free camping is available to participants for both Friday and Saturday nights at the ADK Loj Wilderness Campground. All participants will receive a t-shirt and ample amounts of food for their efforts. ADK is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the protection and proper recreational use of New York States Forest Preserve, parks and other wild lands and waters. The Club boasts over 28,000 members in 25 chapters throughout New York and the surrounding region. In addition to its extensive trails program, ADK operates two wilderness lodges and conducts conservation, education and natural history programs. For more information regarding the details of this event you can access ADKs Web site www.adk.org. or call 518-523-3480. All the National Trails Day events across the state or nation can be viewed on the American Hiking Societys website www.americanhiking.org.

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