It gives kids a life-changing experience.
Our Northern Forest Explorers program gets Northern Forest youth outside and on the water. This year, we provided scholarships so kids could participate in trips with Raquette River Outfitters in New York, Northwoods Stewardship Center in Vermont, and Great Glen Trails in New Hampshire. Dozens of teens participated in immersive overnight paddling trips on the canoe trail through this program. It also inspired trips supported by Vermont’s Upper Missisquoi & Trout River’s Wild & Scenic Committee, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation’s fall trips on the Allagash, and Kroka Expeditions’ three-week NFCT trip.
It keeps waterways clean and accessible.
This year, your gifts literally built bridges — stairs, picnic tables, and portages, too. Our stewardship crews cleared blowdowns on the South Dead River and built a new campsite on the Clyde River. We completed access projects at the Nulhegan River Stone Dam, McCasland Bridge on the Saranac River, the Hurricane Island campsite on Flagstaff Lake, and on the Missisquoi and Androscoggin rivers. Major construction improved the Highgate Falls portage, Raquette Falls Vista Trail, and Nulhegan Gorge portage. We also worked off the trail on the Winooski River, Lamoille River, and the North Branch of the Winooski.
It connects paddlers to waterways and each other.
Eight film fests, eight Waterway Work Trips, the Paddle-Pedal, and eight volunteer-led paddling trips brought our community together to inspire and support new paddling experiences. We updated three NFCT maps this year and created 20 new maps of day trips near the trail, which will soon be available as downloadable PDFs on our website, along with the constantly growing list of suggested trips and tales of paddling adventures to help you find your way on the water.