Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July & Stewardship Saturday!

We hope you are having a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend out on the water!

For this week’s Stewardship Saturday, we will take a look at the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT), a 740-mile recreation corridor connecting Old Forge, New York to Fort Kent, Maine. 

The Trail cuts across the Northern Forest Region connecting 22 rivers and 56 lakes and ponds. The NFCT is a Paddle America Club, fostering paddler development and stewardship of our waterways through our Adopt-a-Segment Program, group led trips, and river events.

This year, using their Club Fostered Stewardship grant funds, the NFCT will be creating a new portage trail and a lean-to for paddlers at a site in Derby, Vermont. 

Through funds provided by L.L. Bean, the ACA's Club Fostered Stewardship program, has provided nearly $130,000 to over 135 different stewardship initiatives since its inception thirteen years ago. 

The NFCT is currently celebrating its 15th year as an organization. In that time, they improved paddler access and camping opportunities, as well as developed programs that get youth out on the Trail.

Inspired to start your own local stewardship project? Apply for the CFS grant of your own! Get more information here. In the meantine, order yourself a Paddle Green Bag and take it with you the next time you hit the water. 

Stewardship Saturday is an ongoing theme of the ACA Water Blog where we we shine a spotlight on organizations and individuals who are working hard to make the world a better place to paddle. Want to be featured? Email ACA Communications Coordinator Catharine Lloyd at to tell her about the stewardship work you are doing in your local community.

Paddle often, #PaddleGreen!

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