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SUBMITTED by Rich Sensenbach, Adirondack Mountain Club (19-Mar-2010)

Genesee Valley Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club
Chapter Meeting
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Eisenhart Auditorium
Rochester Museum and Science Center
657 East Avenue
Rochester, NY

6:30: My Favorite Outdoor Book(s) - with Audience Participation

Bring your favorite books. Either fiction or non-fiction is fine. You only need to spend a minute or two giving those attending your review of the book and why you like it. Don't be shy!

7:00 Main Program: Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Presentation by Jeff Liebel – President of the NFCT Board of Director

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2010. In that relatively short span of time, this remarkable resource went from an idea to a 740 mile inland paddling trail tracing historic travel routes across New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire, and Maine. The mission of the NFCT is to connect people to the Trail’s natural environment, human heritage, and contemporary communities by stewarding, promoting, and providing access to canoe and kayak experiences along this route. NFCT provides trail access, trail mapping, trail construction and stewardship, but in addition, it differentiates itself by the depth of programs and involvement within the communities such as rural tourism development, and youth paddling programming.

Joining us to tell the story of the Trail and take us on a journey along its lakes, ponds, rivers, streams and portages is Jeff Liebel, president of the board of directors of NFCT. Jeff is also a member of the Niagara Frontier (Buffalo) Chapter of ADK. He is an avid paddler and instructor in canoe and kayak along with his wife Laura who operates WeKanu Paddling School. Jeff is a past president and former member of the board of directors of the American Canoe Association and is a NYS Licensed Guide. When not in the outdoors he is the managing partner in a management consulting firm that works with family and closely held businesses throughout the northeast. His interactive presentation will offer a tasting of experiences from a day paddle to a through paddle, from the well utilized resources of New York State to the remote reaches of Maine’s moose country. But he will also provide a history of the trail and explore some of the unique work of the organization, such as helping communities along the route to rebuild their economic foundations through Trail tourism.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the club hotline at 987-1717 or www.gvc-adk.org. The meeting is handicapped accessible and interpreters for the deaf are available by calling 394-5856 one week before the meeting.

The Genesee Valley Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club is the second largest chapter with almost 3,000 members. We offer local area hikes every weekend and events for all seasons as well. Event information is available at www.gvc-adk.org or by calling the chapter hotline at 987-1717.


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