From the Field: Roving NFCT Project Coordinator

By Sam Brakeley

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) in conjunction with the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) developed several paddler-specific signs to address the spread of invasive species and what steps paddlers should take to prevent their spread. They communicate three easy steps of Clean, Drain & Dry and will help to inform all NFCT users about the dangers of invasive species and steps they should take to ensure that the NFCT continues to be a sustainable water trail.

I’ve been working over the past several months with landowners to get the required permission, site the signs throughout Vermont and New York, and then install them. In the process I’ve met a number of very supportive landowners, seen a lot of the NFCT, and run into a number of NFCT paddlers. Its been a great way to spread a meaningful message and do some traveling as well.

A smaller paddle-shaped version of the sign installed in Enosburg Falls, VT