We are so excited to be on this journey with you! So much has happened this year. We’ve all been presented with some unprecedented challenges. We’ve been forced to adapt to a variety of changes in our daily lives and yet one thing will always remain unchanged – the critical importance of Champlain Area Trails (CATS) community work and mission.

There’s been a local and nationwide resurgence in the use of outdoor recreation areas. People are reconnecting with the landscape and want more opportunities to explore the natural world. This underscores the significance of CATS mission, and the necessity of having available, equitable access to outdoor recreation for all of the communities in New York’s Champlain Valley. Thanks to you and your foresight, local residents and visitors can now enjoy 60 miles of trails we’ve created and experience the solace and peace of nature on the nearly 1,000 acres of land that CATS has protected. 

What you’ve helped accomplish this year is truly inspirational. With your support, we completed a new trail to the top of North Boquet Mountain, known as the North Boquet Summit Trail, which is becoming one of the most popular Low Peaks in the Adirondacks. You helped CATS and its’ Long Pond Conservancy program preserve a 48 acre parcel along the Long Pond shoreline in Willsboro – safeguarding a pristine waterway, providing a safe haven for wildlife, and creating the site of a future CATS trail. And thanks to you, we’ve begun many of the exciting enhancements at our Essex Quarry Nature Preserve, getting us closer to the 2021 grand opening. Thank you!

It’s through your steadfast support that together, we will accomplish more. And yes, there is a lot of important and great work ahead that needs our attention! As we approach the end of the year, we ask that you please donate generously. The Champlain Valley depends on you.