Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Adirondacks, kids, climate change, winter recreation and what we can do, come together at the following Wild Center events:

Adirondack Youth Climate Summit 
hosted by the Wild Center
Tuesday & Wednesday, November 9-10

This is the 2nd annual gathering of Adirondack students and professionals to share information, expertise and enthusiasm about helping the Adirondacks adapt and prepare for the effects of climate change. This two day event will include discussion, presentations and workshops that will mix motivated students with regional professionals

WinterGreen: A conversation about the future of 
winter recreation, sports and culture in the Adirondacks
Friday, November 12

This is an original open discussion held at the NYSEF building at Whiteface next week that will gather people interested in and dependent upon the effects of climate change on the future of winter sports in the Adirondacls. Whether participants help promote winter tourism in our area, run the regional ski venues, or are outdoor enthusiasts themselves, it will be the first time this issue is seriously addressed openly by the public. I am hopeful that this format will not be just a meeting, but that it will incite action, education and sustainability in the Olympic region. Local contributers will be joined by a Finnish delegation who face the same climate effects to their winter sport culture in an environment similar to the Adirondacks.

These ideas seem to be a common theme around here this fall:

Our regional magazine, Adirondack Life, feature article this month is: Will the Adirondacks Survive Climate Change?

Whiteface Mtn. and the Olympic Torch 

Cold nights have enabled Whiteface Mtn. to begin snowmaking and according to snow and cold temps are in the forecast. I leave on Sunday for Canmore, Alberta for a two weeks of (hopefully) early on-snow training and competitions. But, due to a lack of snow, my rollerskis and rocks skis will be packed.

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