Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R, NY-21) recognized the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Adirondack 46ers from the House Floor. To be eligible for membership in the Adirondack 46ers, hikers must climb all 46 peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. In the century since their founding, the Adirondack 46ers have promoted conservation and community outreach in service to the Adirondack Park. Click here for a video of Congresswoman Stefanik’s speech; a full transcript can be found below.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Adirondack 46ers – an organization in my district whose 10,000+ members have climbed all 46 peaks in the Adirondack Mountains.

Since their founding by brothers Bob and George Marshall, the 46ers have been central to promoting environmental stewardship, protecting our natural resources, and encouraging younger generations to enjoy the great outdoors.

The Adirondacks are an essential component of our tourism economy.

The 46ers have done important work giving back to the mountains they love, making the peaks more accessible.

They’ve also prioritized community outreach and volunteerism.

Their all-volunteer trail maintenance program is critical to keeping trails available to hikers from across the world, in turn, protecting our environment.

For the past century, young hikers have been mentored and trained by this dedicated group of environmental stewards, and I know that over the next 100 years, many more will be inspired to experience the Adirondack Mountains.

Please join me in congratulating the 46ers on this incredible milestone.

Thank you, I yield back.