Reducing Road Salt
Road salt is polluting our ground and surface waters and we will not stand for a future without clean water for our children. We helped realize a 30% reduction of road salt application in test areas in less than two years, and continue to help New York State move toward more sustainable winter road maintenance.
Adirondack Pollinator Project
Using hands-on conservation practices, we create conditions to help pollinators thrive. Pollinators are responsible for 1 out of 3 bites of food we eat. They are critical to the agricultural economy of our region. Plus, it's not just about the butterflies and the bees, it's about encouraging a healthy ecosystem where even the smallest of us can survive.
Broadband for All
In today's society and economy, high speed internet access is not a luxury, it is a necessity. We work to help strengthen communications between the NYS Broadband Program Office, service providers, and communities. For several years, we have been working to ensure that service providers submit robust grant applications for Phases 1, 2 , and 3 of the New NY Broadband Program. At this time, the grants have been awarded for all three phases.
Beyond the Peaks Student Film Festival
Filmmaking is an important artistic discipline that is underrepresented in rural America. We want to create and expand opportunities for young people in the Adirondacks interested in filmmaking or “digital storytelling.” We are excited to give Adirondack youth a platform for creative expression and an opportunity to have their voice heard. We will launch a high-profile celebration of student innovation and creativity through the “Beyond the Peaks” Film Festival, including a red-carpet showcase student films.
The "Farmacy"Rural Adirondack towns often struggle to keep their grocery stores open, and yet food access is a basic human need. To help ensure that residents have access to healthy, fresh food, we have created a model for a mixed-use healthy food retail in the Keeseville Pharmacy. We are expanding the model to a second location in Essex County in 2019.
Fair, Consistent, & Reliable Property Assessments
Properties in the Adirondacks are unique and range from off-the-grid to great camp luxury. We host conferences for property assessors to ensure that everyone gets a fair, consistent, and reliable assessment.
Promoting Local Artists
We love to promote local artists, because we see the value that arts and culture bring to our lives. We are proud sponsors of the Adirondack Plein Air Festival in Saranac Lake and we created the Keeseville Plein Air Festival. Plein air creates opportunities for artists to sell their work and for residents and visitors to take a moment to pause and appreciate the beauty of our Adirondack communities.
Saranac Lake Whitewater Park
A whitewater park is an area on a river in which the flow and gradient have been altered in order to create river “features” that lend themselves to canoeists, kayakers, or even stand up paddleboards being able to do tricks, race, and perform other recreational activities. To somewhat oversimplify it, these features can be holes, waves, or some combination of the two. We are working to revive and improve the whitewater feature by the river walk in downtown Saranac Lake.
We also help to revitalize communities by providing support for projects that make life better for everyone. Our community revitalization project encompasses many different types of efforts, from sponsoring community planners to make recommendations to town officials, to planning arts and culture events to bring people together. Our current community revitalization projects are a whitewater park in Saranac Lake and multiple downtown initiatives in Keeseville.