If you’re a ski-junky like me, you’re probably not quite ready to plan out your summer paddling adventures. (It feels like winter just arrived here in the Adirondacks.) But I often find myself planning new ski adventures as early as August, sometimes while I’m paddling, so I guess it’s never too early to get started.
NFCT Stewardship Director Noah Pollock and 2019 GIS interns Ben Abramson, Josie Myers, and Emma Henderson recently completed mapping, detailing, and planning several Maine paddling adventures. Each trip is connected to the Northern Forest Canoe Trail but will take you somewhat far afield of the main route. Our Suggested Trips tool has short overviews:
- Kennebago River
- Lower Magalloway River
- North Branch Dead River
- Sandy River
- Carrabassett River
- Androscoggin River
- Bethel Area Ponds
Noah, Ben, and Emma also worked to update big sections of our Trip Planner to include new access points, campsites, portage trails, rapids, and dams for these waterways, as well as the Lamoille, Connecticut, and Androscoggin Rivers. The Trip Planner now has river miles for all campsites and access points for the NFCT, too, and better beta on the Lower Richardson Lake campsites, thanks to a scouting mission by our interns.
We look forward to adding new features and tools to the Trip Planner in the future.
The NFCT Shop also has a new Downloadable Maps section, featuring many of the above-mentioned trips. These maps are free for members, but we are asking a nominal fee for others. This will help us keep the maps up to date. Thank you!
If you haven’t had a chance, I encourage you to read Ben’s blog post on his experience working with NFCT last summer: Making magnificent maps.
Finally, a big thank you to the funders that made this work possible. We were awarded grants from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, the Maine High Peaks Initiative, and the Onion Foundation to complete this work. Finally, Colby College’s Environmental Studies program provided stipends for two of our interns, which was a huge help.
If you’ve got questions or corrections, feel free to get in touch: [email protected].
Now, back to skiing …