New NFCT interpretive panels at Mansonville Landing

River enthusiasts will be greeted with new interpretive material at a kiosk in Mansonville, Quebec. The signs were installed by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) with support from local organizations and volunteers.

The two panels, set up on a wooden kiosk at a popular launching point along the Missisquoi River, feature information on the river valley’s unique history. The panels shed light on the river’s current and historic fishery, provide an introduction to the Northern Green Mountains ecoregion and tell the story of the region’s unique cultural history. The sign also features a map highlighting the region’s abundance of recreational opportunities, both on and off the water, as well as guidelines for safe and responsible river use.

Funded through a Conservation and Community grant from the Champlain Valley Natural Heritage Partnership, the panels replace a set of outdated and dilapidated signs formerly at the site. Constructed on high pressure laminated panels by Fossil Graphics, the new signs are designed to be much more durable and long lasting than the former iteration.

“NFCT is thankful for the help of several volunteers who helped put together content, images, French translations and aided in copy editing,” said Noah Pollock, NFCT’s stewardship director. “In particular, we are grateful for Francois help in installing the panels, made more challenging due to the US-Canada border closure.”

Volunteers included Francois Turcotte of Canoe and Co, Marie Beaupre´ of Missisquoi Nord, Brian Chipman of Vermont Fish and Wildlife and Roberta Ponemon.

NFCT has over two dozen trail side kiosks along its 740-mile route, which tell the story of the Northern Forest and the communities through which the trail passes.

“They are integral to the organization’s dedication to connecting people and the environment in order to protect the places and relationships that sustain us,” Pollock said.

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a nonprofit organization that maintains and promotes the 740-mile water trail that runs from Old Forge, New York, to Fort Kent, Maine, and connects New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire, and Maine. The trail showcases the mix of landscapes and communities currently lining the traditional routes used by indigenous peoples, settlers, and guides. It is the longest in-land water trail in the nation and consists of 23 rivers and streams, 59 lakes and ponds, 45 communities, and 65 portages.

To learn more about the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, visit northernforestcanoetrail.org.

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