NFCT, AWA moving forward on transition

The Adirondack Watershed Alliance (AWA) is on track to complete the transfer of its activities and events to the care of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) for the upcoming paddling season.

Brian McDonnell, long time AWA race director and coordinator, and NFCT Executive Director Karrie Thomas continue to meet to establish the plan for the smooth transfer of all AWA events into NFCT’s program calendar. Beginning in March, events such as the ‘Round the Mountain paddling race, the Celebrate Paddling Invitational, the Adirondack Canoe Classic (90-Miler) and the Long Lake Long Boat Regatta will come under the care of the NFCT.

“We’re prepared to assume administration, sponsorship, promotion and communication responsibilities this year,” Thomas said. “We will also establish an online registration process for the 90 Miler and other events through our online store.”

“AWA will continue to work with NFCT this year to make sure the change in ownership is as seamless as possible,” McDonnell said. “We look forward to the paddling community’s support as we plan and adapt to the new normal of large group gatherings and social distancing — hopefully, we will see a relaxation of pandemic-related restrictions with the expansion of the availability of vaccinations heading into the paddling season.”

NFCT is working to raise a final $25,000 between now and March 31, which will unlock a generous challenge grant from the Hamill Family Foundation and successfully complete our fundraising campaign.

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