The Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine is dedicated to the preservation of Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain and its fire tower, improving and maintaining its trails, and to interpreting the natural and cultural history of the mountain. Since 1997, the Friends has been a partnership between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Adirondack Architectural Heritage, the Town of Chesterfield, several Adirondack Mountain Club chapters, and hundreds of people who enjoy this special place. The Friends operates under the auspices of the Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), the non-profit, historic preservation organization for the Adirondack Park and is directed by a Board of ten members from local communities.
The Friends publishes a twice-yearly newsletter as its principal fundraising vehicle, and to inform its supporters of educational, recreational, and maintenance activities on the mountain. We lead ski and snowshoe trips, wildflower walks, and wildlife tracking hikes. We also conduct school and college groups on hikes focused on the natural history of the mountain and the cultural history of fire towers and of the one on “Poke-O”, and their role in the protection of Adirondack forests and watersheds.
We hire and supervise a Fire Tower Steward for ten weeks each summer as a public educator during the most popular hiking season. This Steward is an Environmental Studies major from a regional university, with preparatory coursework and training in the Adirondack’s human and natural history, and techniques for interpretive interaction with the hiking public. He or she also instructs hikers on low-impact use of the mountain’s environment, and carries out maintenance-stewardship tasks on the trails, summit, and fire tower at Poke-O-Moonshine. We are currently engaged in a fundraising campaign, “Sum(m)it Up For Poke-O” to rebuild and reroute degraded portions of the Historic Ranger Trail on the mountain. The route has been used since the 1800s and it traverses the east side of Poke-O, through interesting geology and rich plant life, and great views. To support this project, please go to “Donate” under “About”.
If you would like to become involved as a volunteer or to apply for the Tower Steward position, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.