Many rally around the NFCT to make a positive impact in their communities. We have had the opportunity to work with a great group this summer called Farm and Wilderness. This group sends out trips (hiking and paddling). Some of their trips are on the NFCT. I received a call from Jeff Bounds, one of their trip coordinators before this past field season. He was looking for a way for his trips to give back to the trail and there is plenty of work to do out there. This particular trip consisted of “Questers”. The group is made up of coed teenagers. I had the opportunity to work with them last July on the Androscoggin River access across from the junction of 110A and Route 16 in New Hampshire. The group consisted of nine, including two trip leaders.
It was a joy to work with these folks. They periodically break out in song while working and while we were chipping away at the access work they began to freestyle a song about the NFCT (I wish I had recorded this because it never hurts to have a theme song). After explaining the project everyone was anxious to rip right in.
As we are working to identify, prioritize, and catalog stewardship projects across the trail I look forward to being able to work with groups like Farm and Wilderness. These Questers were a lot of fun to work with and it was great to hear their perspectives on the environment. Way to go!