Northern Forest Canoe Trail Auction Raises $35,000

For Immediate Release
December 22, 2010 

Contact: Kate Williams, Executive Director
Northern Forest Canoe Trail
802-496-2285 or [email protected]

WAITSFIELD, Vt. – The 6th annual Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) Online Auction ended recently with a record $35,421 raised for programs along the four-state waterway.

More than 450 people placed 2,600 bids on 549 auction items during the month-long event to help NFCT reach its auction revenue goal of $35,000. One hundred and twenty businesses, organizations, and individuals donated a range of outdoor gear, clothing, vacations, books, boats, and paddles to the auction.

"We had an incredible variety of auction goods this year, and record-breaking activity by repeat and new bidders. We are grateful to all who participated to make this a successful event," said NFCT Executive Director Kate Williams.

Old Town Canoes & Kayaks donated the 2010 feature item in the auction catalog:  The Guide 16, a special edition classic wooden canoe.  This item brought in an unprecedented 10% of total auction proceeds, and additionally highlighted the canoeing heritage that is an integral part of the NFCT story.  "Old Town is proud to partner with the National Forest Canoe Trail as we share a common tradition of stewardship and a passion for the waters the New England watersheds," said Sara Knies, Marketing Director for Old Town Canoes & Kayaks.

Other items that garnered active bidding included a Nova Craft canoe, Legacy Paddlesports kayak, Delorme and SPOT satellite GPS units, personalized Foxworx canoe paddle, Surftech standup paddleboard, canoe and kayak paddles by Mitchell Paddles, and GoLite wheeled carry-on.

All auction proceeds go directly to NFCT’s programs, which include trail development and waterway stewardship, sustainable tourism development, recreation and heritage, and a youth paddling program.

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 740 mile inland paddling trail tracing historic travel routes across New York, Vermont, Québec, New Hampshire, and Maine. NFCT connects people to the Trail’s natural environment, human heritage, and contemporary communities by stewarding, promoting, and providing access to canoe and kayak experiences along this route.  NFCT, Inc was incorporated in 2000 and is a 501(c)3 membership organization.

To learn more about paddling the NFCT, to become a member, and to purchase a guidebook and maps, visit http://www.northernforestcanoetrail.org or call 802-496-2285.

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