The NFCT — with support from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), the Lake Champlain Basin Program and volunteers — has completed long overdue maintenance of campsites on the historic Valcour Island.
Valcour Island, located southeast of Plattsburgh near Lake Champlain’s western shore, offers abundant opportunities for paddlers, campers and anglers. The NFCT’s stewardship crew rehabilitated more than 10 campsites over the course of six days, and made numerous improvements elsewhere on the island.
“Valcour Island is one of Lake Champlain’s finest recreation areas and is an important tourist destination,” said Noah Pollock, NFCT’s stewardship director. “We were happy to put our crew and volunteers to work to help the NYSDEC complete a variety of important maintenance tasks.”
The NFCT’s stewardship crew replaced rotting privies, reconstructed crumbling fire pits, and removed old docks and debris from campsites.
“We had two major goals with this work: improve amenities for users and reduce the impacts of heavy recreational use,” Pollock added. “We were able to accomplish both thanks to our stewardship crew and the volunteers who joined us, along with the support we received from the Lake Champlain Committee, the Lake Champlain Basin Program and NYSDEC.”
“The LCBP is proud to help restore this landmark recreational resource on Lake Champlain,” said Dr. Eric Howe, LCBP’s director. “Visitors for years to come will benefit from this work, creating memories and forging connections to the lake that sustains us.”
This work was part of a larger, regional project focused on community engagement, public access improvement and water quality, focused on the Saranac River, Lake Champlain and the Missisquoi River. Funding from the Lake Champlain Basin Program allowed the NFCT to train and deploy stewardship interns and volunteers to complete this work.
“As it is with nearly all of our stewardship work, the Valcour Island project would not have been possible without a concerted effort from stakeholders from all different spheres,” Pollock said. “We’re proud of what we accomplished, and we’re excited for folks to discover — and rediscover — everything Valcour Island has to offer.”
To learn more about the NFCT’s stewardship work, contact Noah Pollock at noah@northernforestcanoetrail.
This project has been funded in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement (LC 00A00707-0) to NEIWPCC in partnership with the Lake Champlain Basin Program.