NFCT Stewardship Intern Program Expansion in collaboration with the Adirondack Watershed Alliance

New York Stewardship Interns

With support from NFCT members and the Adirondack Watershed Alliance we are able to expand our internship program! Now, along with the crew of three roving state to state interns and our field coordinator, we have two additional interns devoted to the section of the NFCT that passes through New York! 

The NFCT Stewardship Intern Program is the backbone of our strategy to accomplish larger field projects and to successfully offer our Waterway Work Trips.  The program continues to grow year after year and as it does we are able to perform more large-scale stewardship projects along the 740 miles of the NFCT.  This year we are carrying on a tradition of hiring very skilled and driven individuals from a deep pool of qualified applicants.  The season runs from June 29th to August 11.  Be sure to look for updates on the progress of our two field crews on the NFCT website. 

Brian McDonnell, owner of Mac’s Canoe Livery and founder of the Adirondack Watershed Alliance, has gone above and beyond the call of duty.  He is allowing our NY Interns to use a cabin of his as their home-base, and has been very active in helping us pull together projects.  Thanks Brian, your intiative is a shining example of how work gets done in the field!

Brian McDonnell scouting projects on April waters

Brian McDonnell helping to scout projects for the 2009 season.

We will be working closely with Brian and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to accomplish projects in New York.  Our current project list includes:

  • Installing stone steps at the Permanent Rapids Portage
  • Installing a campsite on Upper Saranac Lake
  • Erosion control work on Indian Carry on Upper Saranac Lake


About the Adirondack Watershed Alliance: The Adirondack Watershed Alliance (AWA) is a paddling club that promotes and organizes paddlesport activities. Goals of the AWA include coordinating stewardship activities that enhance recreational opportunities and provide outdoor employment, organizing the Adirondack Canoe and kayak race series, offering clinics and trips, and encouraging cooperation between all recreational users of the waterways of the Adirondack Forest Preserve.


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