The Friends held a public meeting on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 7 PM at the VIC Center on State Rte 30 just past Paul Smith's College. The Friends have partnered with AARCH and are able to collect tax deductible donations. Those interested in the restoration project and the progress being made should check the Restoration News page.
Our mission is to restore the St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower for safe public access while developing an educational and interpretive program that promotes the historic and cultural values of the St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower, the NYS Fire Tower Network and the Adirondack Preserve.
The St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower is located on the 2,874' summit of the St. Regis Mountain in the town of Santa Clara, Franklin County in the Adirondack Forest Preserve of New York State. The current tower on St. Regis Mountain was erected in 1918 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This tower provides spectacular views of the high peaks and the many water bodies of the northern Adirondacks. In 1990 St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower was closed, being one of the last four towers in the Adirondacks to be manned by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
There has been considerable support of this historical local landmark. Over 2,500 individuals/families added their names to our petition to save and preserve the tower as an educational asset. Several organizations and local government bodies have written resolutions of unanimous support for the retention of this tower and it's preservation.
The State Land Master Plan (SLMP) was amended in 2011 to designate the Saint Regis Mountain Tower Historic Area. This designation allowed the tower to remain. The Saint Regis Fire Tower Historic Area (SRMFTHA) Draft Unit Management Plan was released October 16, 2013 in which it recommends alternative #4 - "Full Public Access"! The UMP goes further to propose maintenance of the tower to insure a safe facility for public use and enjoyment. This was a giant step in attaining our goals for tower preservation and use. We greatly appreciate the effort from the various organizations, individuals and DEC personnel for their positive response to our concerns.
On November 7, 2014 DEC Commissioner, Joe Martens issued the final Saint Regis Fire Tower Historic Area (SRMFTHA) Unit Management Plan which would allow restoration to proceed. The Friends of the St Regis Fire Tower applied for a Volunteer Service Agreement (VSA) which was approved on January 16, 2015. The Friends are now working closely with DEC personnel to restore the tower and to develop educational and stewardship programs.