Help us clean up Fiddlehead Island in the CT River

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Volunteers are needed to help remove trash and construct campsite amenities on Fiddlehead Island in Monroe on Saturday, September 29, 2012 and Sunday, September 30, 2012. Fiddlehead Island hosts one of 34 campsites along the 240-mile Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail, a series of primitive campsites and access points from the river’s headwaters to the Massachusetts border. This project is a collaborative effort of the Vermont River Conservancy,  the Connecticut River Joint Commissions, the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust, the Connecticut River Watershed Council, and Casella Resource Solutions.

Located roughly one mile north of the Ryegate Dam and Dodge Falls, Fiddlehead Island offers a designated primitive campsite that can accommodate up to twelve people. With a canopy of mature silver maples, and a landing beach providing easy access, the island is a popular camping destination. In addition to removing trash, we also plan to improve the campsite by adding a sign-in register, picnic table, a privy, user etiquette signage. Campsite boundary signage and fencing will also be installed to protect the island’s fragile ecosystem, which includes the characteristic Ostrich Ferns that give the island its name.

This clean-up is part of the Source to Sea River Cleanup organized by the Connecticut River Watershed Council. The Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual one-day coordinated cleanup of the four-state Connecticut River watershed.  The cleanup and construction work day will be held on Saturday September 29th from 9 am to 3 pm. Lunch on Saturday will be provided by the Connecticut River Joint Commissions. Volunteers are invited to camp overnight and help complete the construction of campsite amenities on Sunday morning.

Volunteers will need to bring their own canoes or kayaks. The paddle to the island is a leisurely two-mile round trip from Dodge Falls. To sign up, please contact Rachel Ruppel at the Connecticut River Joint Commissions, by email at rruppel@uvlsrpc.org or by phone at (603) 727-9484. Volunteers should register in advance, no later than Wednesday September 26, 2012.

Help us restore the beauty of Fiddlehead Island, and improve camping on the Connecticut River!

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