2016 NFCT Stewardship and Youth Program Team - Northern Forest Canoe Trail

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2016 NFCT Stewardship and Youth Program Team

Stewardship Staff and Interns

Our Stewardship Program is partially funded in thanks to donations to the Trail Fund. Please make a donation if you are interested in supporting our trail work and maintaining access to the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Our 2016 field efforts would also not be possible without grants and support from REIMaine Bureau of Parks and Public Lands, the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, the Lake Champlain Basin Program, the Lennox Fund, the Davis Conservation Fund, the American Canoe Association, and L.L. Bean.

Our intern program focuses on the personal and professional development of our field interns while performing stewardship projects across the 740-mile Trail. Visit our Waterway Work Trip interactive map to view locations of this year's bigger projects. Space is still available and you can sign-up to participate in these projects by following the links on the interactive maps, or go directly to the NFCT Store.

Regional Field Coordinators

We are excited to have experienced Regional Field Coordinators for our 2016 field season. Noah Pollock and Will Jeffries have extensive trail construction experience. Splitting the NFCT in two halves, Noah and Will will help increase the effectiveness of our stewardship program.

Noah Pollock: Regional Field Coordinator (NY-VT-QC)

Noah PollockNoah hails from Sharon Vermont. In 2007 he earned a Master's degree from the Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, where he studied sustainable community development and ecological economics. His thesis examined the economic impact of paddler tourism and recreation along the waterways that make up the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Noah was one of our first interns in 2007; was a Field Coordinator for several summers, assisting with intern and waterway work trip programs; and continues to be a Community Outreach consultant building relationships with business partners in Vermont. An avid paddler and river enthusiast, Noah also assists with the Vermont River Conservancy's conservation and river access projects, particularly the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail

Will Jeffries: Regional Field Coordinator (NH-ME)

Will JeffriesWill grew up in sunny South Carolina, but was never one for the beaches. Longing for the mountains, he attended the University of Vermont where he lived with a whitewater kayak stuffed into his dorm room.  Each summer he travelled to Maine to work as a canoe guide for the Boy Scouts leading trips along the Allagash and Penobscot Rivers.  After graduating with a degree in Natural Resource Management, Will spent time working in the west and travelling abroad before returning to Maine.  In the Spring of 2015 he paddled from Old Forge, NY to Greenville, ME to complete a section paddle of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.  Will is dedicated to creating recreational opportunities and promoting economic growth in the northern forest, and enjoys working with Maine Huts and Trails in the winter months.

NFCT Stewardship Intern Crew

Alyssa Andrews

Alyssa AndrewsAlyssa Andrews attends Colby College where she is majoring in Sociology with a minor in Education. At school she is a member of the Colby College Woodsmen team, where she enjoys chopping, sawing, and building fires. She is also the primary high school nordic ski coach for the Central Maine Ski Club. She loves to be outdoors, and has done a fair amount of hiking and camping, especially in Western Maine where she is from. 

Hannah Baggs

Hannah BaggsHannah is a rising senior at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME. She is an Earth and Oceanographic Science major, and Teaching minor with hopes of working in environmental or outdoor education. She loves canoeing, hiking, raft guiding, climbing, and surfing. Originally from Columbus, OH she was introduced to outdoor tripping through the Bowdoin Outing Club and has been hooked ever since. Her favorite outdoor meal to cook is loaded pesto mac ‘n cheese with falafel. She is currently spending a semester studying rocks in New Zealand and is excited to spend her summer working in the woods. 

Nolan Ebner

Nolan EbnerNolan is entering his junior year at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota where he is majoring in Geology while minoring in Geography and English. Next fall he will be studying abroad in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia before coming back to Macalester where he runs varsity cross country and track. Nolan was born in Vermont and at the age of four moved to Maryland, where he currently resides. Annual hiking trips up north with friends and family inspired a passion for being in nature. He has led backpacking trips with his friends in places such as the Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia, the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, and Arches National Park in Utah. With his spare time he reads, writes, and plays basketball and tennis with his friends. 

NFCT Bow Loop Crew

Colin McIntosh

Colin McIntoshColin is a rising junior at Allegheny College where he is studying Environmental Science and Global Health.  He was born in New Mexico before moving to rural Missouri, and eventually making it to St. Louis. Despite growing up in the middle of a city, Colin managed to develop a great love for the outdoors. His favorite form of outdoor recreation is canoeing, spending much time on the Ozark Riverways in Missouri. In college, if he isn’t leading a trip with the Allegheny Outing Club on a given weekend he is probably outside with friends exploring Northwestern Pennsylvania. As a trip leader and gear manager for the club, he is always trying to share his love for nature and help other people get outside. After exploring Maine for the first time earlier this year he is very excited to spend the summer in the beautiful countryside.

Ryan Saul

Ryan SaulRyan was raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and currently attends the University of Southern Maine. He is a junior studying Environmental Science, and lives in Portland, Maine. Ryan plays lacrosse for USM in the spring. For the past three summers he has worked as canoe guide for a summer camp in Algonquin Provincial Park and Temagami, Ontario. Outside of school and working he enjoys climbing, surfing, and fishing. Growing up he learned a majority of his outdoor and leadership skills as a Boy Scout, attaining the highest rank of Eagle. Ryan is excited to work for the NFCT so that he can acquire new skills including trail building, assessing and preventing erosion, and whitewater paddling. He looks forward to spending time working hard and enjoying the simple and exciting lifestyle a natural workplace creates. 


Jack HenryJack is a rising senior at Middlebury College where he is pursuing a joint major in Geography and Environmental Studies. With his degree, he hopes to find a career that allows him to travel, promote environmental conservation, and have a positive impact on local communities. While at Middlebury, he is an active member of the town’s volunteer fire department and is a coordinator for a youth mentoring program. In his free time, he likes any activity that brings him outside and closer to nature, but his favorites include hiking and skiing. Overall, Jack is excited to be doing GIS work for the NFCT and hopes that his contributions encourage others get outside and experience the trail.


Northern Forest Explorer Interns

Sophie Rathjen

Sophie grew up on the water in Bermuda where she spent the first 18 years of her life before her family moved to New Hampshire just before she started college. She is a recent graduate of the University of NH with majors in Outdoor Education and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. After discovering the outdoor education department late in her college career Sophie took to its interactive nature of the courses and began applying these skills to environmental education. 

Over the last year Sophie had continued to explore different teaching philosophies and methods in alternative schools in the area and seeks to apply these skills to the groups she works with. Sophie is excited to be working on the water with kids this summer and is eager to expand the environmental awareness of all participants!

Roisin Low

Roisin is a senior Environmental Studies major at the University of Vermont. Born in Australia, she grew up diving on the reef and exploring the rainforests of Northern Queensland. She strongly believes in outdoor education and the importance of exploring the wilderness around us. She has worked in the conservation field in Australia, Indonesia and Vermont over the past few years learning about many different aspects of conservation from rehabilitation of a single species, to the structure of large conservation organizations.

Roisin is excited to work with kids this summer on the beautiful waterways of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. She has a strong passion for outdoor education and looks forward to working with the NFCT to promote environmental awareness, conservation and recreational opportunities.