The newest chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club will focus on enhancing and promoting the Northville-Placid Trail.
The popular hiking trail stretches 133 miles through the wild and remote central Adirondacks.
Officials say the trail has a long and important history for the club, since it was the first trail project undertaken by the organization after it was formed in 1922, according to Adirondack Mountain Club spokesman Paul Ertelt.
"Making it a focus of one chapter was seen as the best way to maintain it," he said.
In November, volunteers circulated a petition to create a new ADK chapter to help protect, preserve and promote the trail, and to raise money to enhance and maintain it.
ADK approved the new chapter on March 27.
The Adirondack Mountain Club has chapters throughout the state and northern New Jersey and consists of nearly 28,000 members. In addition to trail maintenance, the ADK chapters organize a variety of hikes, paddling trips, bike rides and other outings in the Adirondacks and Catskills.
The chapters also provide a voice on local conservation and environmental issues of importance to their members.
More information is available at www.nptrail.org.