LCBP grant boosts student, volunteer engagement

A grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program will support the Northern Forest Canoe Trail’s team of volunteers and students, enhancing stewardship work along three rivers in New York and Vermont: the Saranac, Lamoille and Missisquoi.

“Each summer we recruit students and volunteers, and train them in waterway stewardship techniques,” said Noah Pollock, NFCT’s stewardship director. “With LCBP funds, our crew will work with private landowners and municipalities to complete priority projects that improve public access, protect water quality and reduce environmental impacts in the Lake Champlain Basin.”

The crew will work on several projects on each of the three rivers. On the Saranac River, improvements will be made to the Separator Rapids Carry, the High Falls Campsite and the McCasland Bridge Carry. On the Lamoille River, crews will develop public access areas at the Old Talc Mill and Homes Meadows Angler Access. Crews will also install stone steps in Richford’s Davis Park on the Missisquoi River.

“The Lake Champlain Basin Program has been a critical partner to the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, investing in projects that benefit water quality, recreation and communities along the New York and Vermont sections of the trail,” said Karrie Thomas, executive director of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. “Truly, all of the work they support has a ripple effect — nearly everything they fund ends up benefitting our work by improving water quality in the watersheds where we paddle. We’re grateful to count them as a partner.”

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