Meet This Year’s Stewardship Crew

Each year, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail trains and employs a professional stewardship crew, including a field coordinator and our paid interns. This dynamic team helps us implement projects that improve access, enhance user experience and minimize negative impacts on the environment.

This year’s crew includes Field Coordinator Will Lockwood and interns Kyle Halstater, Alex Cassu and Liam Ryan-O’Flaherty. We’re so grateful to have them on our team!

Our field coordinator, Will Lockwood, hails from Grafton, Vt. An experienced outdoorsman, Will brings a diverse knowledge of timber and stone construction techniques, along with extensive management experience and cooking skills developed through prior work as a professional chef. Will is no stranger to time management, organization, task delegation and working with a team towards a common goal. He is excited to apply his background and enthusiasm for the outdoors while working along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail this summer.

Kyle Halstater is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh, where he studies Industrial Engineering and Spanish. In his free time, he enjoys running, biking, hiking & playing competitive ultimate frisbee. He’s passionate about conservation and environmental justice, and is excited to work with the NFCT crew this summer to get hands-on experience in the great outdoors.

Alex Cassu is a rising junior at the University of Delaware, where she studies Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. She’s from Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, but spent most of her summer at her lake house in Lake Placid, New York. She’s passionate about saving the environment and enjoys hiking and cliff jumping. This season, she’s most excited to help construct new campsites and meet many new people along the way.

Liam Ryan-O’Flaherty is an Economics major at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He’s interested in urban planning and public health, specifically the environmental determinants of health and wellbeing. He’s working on a senior thesis modeling the spatial competition between convenience stores and grocery stores, and using this model to identify existing food deserts and areas at risk of future decreases in food accessibility. Liam has enjoyed kayaking sections of the NFCT and has had a blast exploring more of New England’s tranquil waterways.

Liam grew up in Norwich, Vermont, and still feels most at home in the Northeast. He’s planning a thru-paddle of the NFCT next summer to celebrate his graduation, and looks forward to using the campsites, portages & access points he worked on this summer.