New Leadership Announced For High Peaks Summit Steward Endowment

New Leadership Announced for Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Endowment

Keene Valley, NY – April, 2019 – Leadership of The #507 Fund for the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program ( at the Adirondack Foundation has been transferred from its founder Christine Bourjade to Vinny McClelland of The Mountaineer, effective in 2019.The #507 Fund, with a current working balance of $150,000, was established in August 2014 as a tribute to Dr. Edwin Ketchledge and his 46er number.
This summer the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program will be in its 30th year protecting New York’s alpine zone through education, trail work, and research. Thanks to the generosity of its donors/contributors, the #507 Fund has made contributions to the program since 2016.“Vinny’s dedication to the health of the Adirondack High Peaks is unmatched, and his stamina knows no bounds. He is the right person to lead the #507 Fund to new heights, and I am grateful that he has accepted to take the helm,” said Christine Bourjade.

“The Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program – and the 507 Fund that supports it – have never been more important to the Adirondack High Peaks,” Vinny stated. “As our population centers grow and city life becomes more frantic, and as climate change continues to challenge the environment, our Adirondack wilderness has become increasingly precious. I am delighted and flattered to be asked to help with this worthy cause and hope to help grow the 507 Fund to provide stronger financial support for the Summit Stewards.”Hiker traffic in the High Peaks is steadily increasing, making the Summit Stewardship Program more and more important for protecting our fragile alpine environments. “Summit Stewards have informed some 500,000 hikers since the start of the program, including 38,033 this past year, an annual record! Their primary focus is on educating hikers, but they also conduct trail work and research on rare and endangered plant species – broadening our understanding of the conditions of the alpine ecosystem as a whole. The more we grow the 507 Fund, the more sustainable the Summit Stewardship Program becomes,” added Vinny.

The program will only thrive with the continued support of our partners, donors and supporters. To celebrate the program and transition of leadership, The Mountaineer in Keene Valley has earmarked a gift of $1000 to the endowment. Owner, Charlie Wise, commented “This year’s gift not only demonstrates the shop’s support for the program, but also hopes to inspire others to make similar donations.” Those interested in supporting the work of the Summit Stewards through this endowment are encouraged to send checks written out to “507 Fund” to The Mountaineer c/o Vinny McClelland, 1866 RT 73, Keene Valley, NY 12943 or donate directly through the Adirondack Foundation website to “507 Fund for the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program” at

Fund administration

The  #507 Fund is hosted and managed by the Adirondack Foundation of Lake Placid (, an accredited community foundation, which receives and manages all donations. The Fund pays out 4 percent of its principal each year to support salaries and other costs for the Summit Stewards.

Founded in 1990, the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program is a partnership of  the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK),  the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.


Vinny McClelland
Tel. 518 576 2281
[email protected]