NFCT Stewardship Field Season > 2011 Field Season
Once again we had a banner field season in 2011. With many dedicated volunteers, trail supporters, and one of the biggest groups of field interns yet, we accomplished many important stewardship projects:
Stewardship Intern Training
The first three weeks of our season are devoted to training our interns on a variety of topics ranging from leadership skills, to aquatic invasive identification, to paddling flat and fast water, to working with stone and lumber to build trail infrastructure. Many people shared their skill and knowledge during these weeks to prepare our interns for the field season. A big "thanks" to Tim Hille, Rob Scharges, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, and Russ Ford to name a few.
Deerland Carry, NY
We continued our work on the Deerland Carry. This year's focus was installing a stone staircase at the put in and construcing erosion control features.
Kim LaDuke of Saranac Lake, NY has developed a campsite specifically for NFCT members on his property. This year we began working with him to install the site. We began construction of a paddler lean-to and plan to finish the installation in the 2012 paddle season.
Richford Comprehensive River Access, VT
With support from the Vermont Recreation Trail Fund we wrapped up work on a comprehensive river access project. There is now a solid stone staircase at Davis Park to access the water, a more secluded campsite, a kiosk, and a sign-in box. Pictured above, the James Brothers, James Naughton and James Blakely put the finishing touches on the kiosk.
Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge
Joseph Hille helps apply a coat of wood chips to the Magalloway Trail. Our crew and WWT participants also worked to refurbish a site where three old cabins were raized.
Rangeley Lakes Heritage Museum
We continued working on the Gull Pond Stream Carry, connecting Holeb Pond and the Rangeley Lakes Regional Logging Museum, as well as cutting off 1.5 miles of roadway portage. Another thing we continued is getting honorable recognition in the Logging Museum annual parade. This year's float was a "no-holds-barred" rendition of "Mud Season".
Noah Pollock, NFCT Field Coordinator, proudly poses in front of newly constructed bog bridging on the Holeb Carry.
GIS and Sign-in Box Construction
Brendan Jackson and Max Reis not only worked their way across the trail supporting the roving crew with their feild projects, but also field varified NFCT infrastructure using GPS and constructed and installed sign-in boxes. The sign-in boxes will increase paddler safety and help us manage the trail. Please sign-in when you come across one.
NFCT Paddler Resource Development
We were very fortunate to have Kate Desrochers operate as Program Intern. Among her many responsibilities she helped develop two resources aimed at stewarding the trail and further developing our community:
A huge "THANKS!" to all involved in making the 2011 field season an amazing success. It is your care and dedication that make the NFCT the resource it is.