Organizers said they estimate a cost for the project of at least $100,000 and have set a goal of raising $125,000 by 2018, the centennial of the fire tower.
continued David Thomas-Train, a member of the organization, said the DEC has been working with the group throughout the planning.
“There have been two specific projects to date which have re-routed severely eroded sections to the Ranger Trail,” he said. “We await DEC approval of the current work plan for the entire trail which was created by the Adirondack Mountain Club Trail Program and hope that work can begin late this summer. Work would be carried out in annual increments until the entire project is completed.”
The redeveloped trail would offer many features for hikers and nature enthusiasts to enjoy.
“There will be a mix of interesting geology, great spring wildflowers along the botanically rich route, history of the trail and the fact that it is a trail whose natural history is interpreted by a detailed hikers’ brochure which we developed and DEC funded,” Thomas-Train said.
The organization has come up with several donation levels, including Trailheaders (up to $49), Cliff Climbers ($50-$99), Overlookers ($100-$499), Rangers ($500-$999) and Summit Stewards ($1,000 and up). They are also offering a Poke-O-Moonshine patch and/or signed Carl Heilman poster as part of fundraising.
Donations can be sent to The Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine, c/o AARCH, 1745 Main Street, Keeseville, N.Y. 12944.