Get Out of the Mud! Campaign underway

Bobcat Trail is one of CATS most popular trails. Everyone loves the easy path through the meadow and woods with cool views of beaver ponds. Unfortunately, with all this rain, the parking area has become a muddy mess.

You can help fix the problem. CATS is raising the funds needed to complete the Bobcat Trailhead Improvement Project using something new: a crowdfunding program through Adirondack Gives, part of the Adirondack Foundation.

The project will create a firm parking area surface (no more ankle-deep mud!), install a split-rail fence on three sides and relocate the registration box.

We already received $1,500 from the Essex Community Fund for the project in memory of the late Bruce Kink and Baird Voorhis, leaving CATS with $1,500 to go.

Please help us finish the project. Check out the Get Out of the Mud! Campaign here. You can put CATS over the top.


A huge thank you….

to Sid Ward, who so generously donated to CATS all proceeds from the sales of his beautiful cutting boards at the Willsboro Folkcraft Fair on July 30. That was a whopping $4,265!

Sid’s donation is a big boost to our mission of building trails and saving land in the Champlain Valley.

We are so grateful to Sid, and his partners in the booth, CATS board members Bill Bardeen and Rob Powell.

Thank you, Sid, Bill and Rob!


 A note from our partners at the Long Pond Conservancy:

We need your help!

We now have a signed “Option to Purchase” rather than simply a verbal commitment to purchase the 49-acre west-shore Long Pond property from the 1812 Homestead and protect it from the development that will likely happen if we aren’t successful.

And, in what would be a serendipitous arrangement, the funds that the 1812 Homestead receives from this transaction will go to rebuild the buildings destroyed in last year’s tragic fire.

So, your donation to the Long Pond Conservancy not only helps save important land but also supports a living history museum and its educational programs. That is a win/win!

Simply put, we need to raise $150,000 to make it happen. Click here for the details on the project and to see how you can help. And thanks!


In other CATS news….

Did you hear Brian Mann’s piece on the Coon Mountain Trail on North Country Public Radio? Listen here.

A recent article from the SUN TIMES:   How Everyone can Benefit from Trails

A special thank you to all our Sponsors!  Please support our local businesses.

CHAMPLAIN AREA TRAILS’ MISSION is to create a network of hiking/skiing trails in New York’s Champlain Valley that link communities, connect people to nature, and promote economic vitality; and as an accredited land trust, to protect habitat, farmland, clean water, and scenic vistas.


CATS is one of just a few hundred land trusts that has been awarded accreditation. Accredited land trusts are authorized to display this seal, indicating that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation that we are proud to display.


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