Every summer thousands of people pack up their camping gear (which usually includes everything but the kitchen sink), load up their canoes, kayaks, floats, and rafts, and spend the weekend on the Saco River in Maine. With so many paddlers on the river, it is critical that everyone practices Leave No Trace in order to preserve the beautiful, clear waters of the Saco. We were fortunate to work with Michelle Broyer of the Saco River Recreation Council, two of her interns, and one of the river runners this weekend, as we teamed up to educate the paddlers before they journeyed on the river. Michelle and her staff are dedicated to protecting this river, that years ago was known to be a "Rated R" area, due to the amount of partying, trash, and foul language. They are working diligently to change this image and we could clearly see the positive outcomes of their efforts. We applaud Michelle Broyer for all her work in implementing Leave No Trace along the river!
Happy Adventuring...Kate and Tracy