The Town of Keene, the Paul Smith's College Adirondack Watershed Institute, and the Paul Smith's College Adventure Guides provided information and education to hikers in the High Peaks through a new Frontcountry Steward program in the summer of 2019. Stewards were positioned in the Town of Keene along Route 73.
Frontcountry Stewards were available to educate hikers about Leave No Trace principles such as hiking preparedness and minimizing impacts to natural resources. Additionally, stewards informed hikers about the new no parking regulations along Route 73 and the temporary closure of the Garden parking lot for bridge construction. Partners in this effort recognize the need for face to face interactions to help hikers enjoy their outdoor experience and understand wilderness regulations and ethics.
The new program is sponsored by the Town of Keene and Paul Smith's College and supported by a generous grant from the Adirondack 46'ers. The program is modeled in part after the 46'ers Trailhead Steward Program at Cascade Mountain.