About Phil Brown

Phil Brown edited the Adirondack Explorer from 1999 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to explore the park and to write for the publication and website.

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  1. Doug Fitzgerald says

    Thanks for featuring Mike Lynch’s beautiful photo of St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower in this article. That was a magical day to be on the summit.
    Please note that it is the Friends of St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower, in partnership with the NYS DEC, that has lead the restoration of this tower. The Friends group did contract with David Vana to install a new roof in 2016, but that was only one part of the total restoration. Since the roof project we have used two other contractors to do restoration work and countless volunteer hours have been poured into the project.
    After thirteen years of advocacy for the preservation of the tower, the Friends of St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower entered into a stewardship agreement with the DEC in 2015. In September of that year members of the Student Conservation Association worked alongside volunteers for a week to kick off the restoration. During the entire process the DEC has been a vital participant providing logistical support and oversight. In addition, numerous donors have come forward to fund most of the work.
    The roof that Davana LLC installed was certainly a critical component to the restoration of the St. Regis tower, but your caption implies that David restored the tower. As you can see there is so much more to the story. If possible, please edit the caption to reflect that.
    Doug Fitzgerald

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