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Hadley's 2018 Summit Steward:Garon Leclair

Back in 2005 the Hadley Fire Tower Committee joined in a partnership with a Potsdam University's Environmental Studies program developed by then Professor Michael Wilson. Michael has since retired and Professor Bill Brown has filled his shoes. This program matches up students who are planning to go out into the environmental field of employment with an internship within their field of interest. Before hitting the trail, these individuals go through an intensive training by DEC to familiarize them with their surroundings, duties and to help hone related skills necessary to fulfill the steward position. In our case, we have been fortunate enough to hire a number of prospective rangers/foresters to apply their studies to real life employment. In return, candidates have completed projects to complement our goals, such as educational displays in the cabin, panoramic interpretive panels, etc. This year we are excited to have another Potsdam student, Garin Leclair, who will serve as steward from Memorial Day weekend till August 10th.

I am very excited to be the new Summit Steward for Hadley Mountain. I am currently a junior at Suny Potsdam, and I plan on graduating in December 2018 with a Environmental Studies major and a Biology Minor. I have always loved being outdoors and had an interest in the environment. My family and friends have had a lot to do with this. Before I went to elementary school, I would go to a family hunting camp on Black pond, what seemed like almost every day. This is one of my favorite places on earth and I still try to go as often as I can.  I would also hike the Spruce Mountain Fire Tower trail in Porter Corners with my mom and try to bring home almost any frog, toad, salamander or bug I could catch. This has evolved into hiking and camping trips with friends and my interest in the complexity of the environment which in turn led to my major in environmental studies. Being fire tower steward is a very exciting step in the direction of future outdoor careers that deal with environmental conservation.

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