LAURENCE T BEAHAN MD
This book was created to honor the memory of Edwin H. (‘Ketch’) Ketchledge, Ph. D. (1924-2010), whose dedication, resourcefulness, and passion led him to influence that protection process at a critical time. Ketch prompted creation of one of the most acclaimed environmental programs in the Northeast: the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program, which focuses on educating hikers, protecting the alpine ecosystem, and training the next generation of summit stewards. The writers of the book’s essays address these topics and others linked to High Peaks protection and the unique mix of public and private lands that comprise the Adirondack Park.