Mike Lynch Joins Staff at Northern Forest Canoe Trail

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) is pleased to announce that Mike Lynch of Saranac Lake, New York was hired as the nonprofit’s New York Outreach Coordinator. He will work part-time focusing on canoe and kayak-related events and programs in the Adirondacks. Mike Lynch

Lynch is an award-winning outdoors writer and photographer who through paddled the 740-mile water trail in 2011 while working for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. He is currently a part-time staffer for the Adirondack Explorer and a contributor to Canoe & Kayak Magazine.

“We wanted a New York-based coordinator to help strengthen our commitment to the people and communities of the Adirondacks,” said Karrie Thomas, executive director of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. “Mike has already made significant contributions to paddling and outdoor recreation. I am thrilled to have him be a part of our team.”

About 150 miles of the 740-mile water trail flows through the Adirondack Park, and NFCT depends on volunteer support to maintain campsites and trail markers. In recent years, Lynch has been a volunteer trail maintainer caring for a 14-mile section of the Saranac River from Union Falls to High Falls Dam. He is also a licensed guide and leads paddling trips in the region.

“When I through paddled the trail in 2011, I experienced an unbelievable amount of generosity from people across the Northern Forest,” said Lynch. “People invited me into their homes, shared their food, offered rides, and helped me in a multitude of ways. It was eye opening, and my goal is to help other paddlers have the same great experience, whether they are out for two hours or two months.”

Lynch can be reached regarding the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in New York at mike@northernforestcanoetrail.org or 518-524-4770.



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