NEW YORK STATE’S rarest ecosystem coexists with some of the greatest recreational opportunities in the state atop the Adirondack High Peaks. These peaks have been experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of hikers over the past seven years. Adirondack High Peaks summit stewards have been educating hikers about the alpine plants on the summits of these tall mountains for nearly 30 years. Increasing recreational use in the High Peaks has been a frequent news topic, with tales of trail erosion, crowding, trash and poop on the trails. But what about the summits? How do alpine plants fare in light of the increasing traffic? Are summit stewards still effective in their educational messaging? Thanks to a repeat photography study conducted by the Summit Stewardship Program, we can answer those questions.