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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Early Childhood Education
Experts have concluded that early childhood education, from birth to three years old, changes life outcomes dramatically. Language turns out to be one critical factor – just helping infants and toddlers create the brain cells needed to process language is key to their development. AdkAction was part of a regional effort to investigate the quality and availability of early childhood education programs and our work helped lay the foundation for Adirondack Foundation's Birth to Three (BT3) Alliance.
The shoreline is a crucial habitat for many aquatic or semi-aquatic species. Fish enjoy the warm shallow waters, and plants that are rooted in this shallow water provide much-needed shelter for these creatures. Shorelines are home to amphibians, reptiles, and small mammals and aquatic plants that attract macro-invertebrates. Many organisms lay their eggs along the shoreline. When recreating or building along the shoreline, take into consideration that it is an area to be shared by all—including wildlife. Erosion can have detrimental effects on many organisms, but by being vigilant, those effects can be mitigated or reversed.
Fighting Invasive Species
Invasive water milfoil forms thick underwater stands of tangled stems and vast mats at the surface, making boating, swimming, and fishing difficult or impossible. Plants spread by small fragments that "hitchhike" on watercraft and are then introduced to new waters. Once a water body is infested, controlling these aggressive invaders is very difficult and expensive.