The Connecticut River Paddlers' Trail is a grassroots, community effort. Volunteers, which include individuals, civic groups, youth groups, and businesses, provide valuable help by adopting sites along the trail and completing annual maintenance and monitoring tasks.
Volunteer campsite adopters open a campsite in the spring, conduct at least one check during the summer, and close the campsite in the fall.
Volunteer access point adopters keep access paths and portage trails clear, replace missing or damaged signs, maintain sign in registers, and pick up trash.Depending on what site is adopted, volunteers will be supervised by a specific organization who is responsible for site stewardship, such as the Vermont River Conservancy, the Upper Valley Land Trust, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, or local conservation commissions.
In general, all site adopters receive:
• A checklist of site maintenance tasks;
• Trainings and site orientations;
• Tools for use in completing maintenance tasks;
• Recognitionon the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail website, and, in some locations, site signage;
• Invitation to social events such as river trips, trainings, and volunteer appreciation parties
If you are interested in adopting a site, please contact us.