Saco River Recreation Council in Fryeburg, ME
Michelle Broyer poses with Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers JD Tanner and Emily Ressler in July 2009.
In 2009 the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers spent the fourth of July weekend at the Swan Falls Campground on the Saco River. To read about their 2009 visit please go here. Recently, Dave Winter, Outreach Manager at Leave No Trace, interviewed Michelle Broyer, former Swan Falls Campground Manager and current Saco River Recreation Council's Conservation and Education Program Director, to see how things are going on the Saco River and to hear about what is planned for 2010.
Dave Winter (DW): How are things going?
Michelle Broyer (MB): Things are going great. The Saco River Recreational Council and I have been in transition this winter and there have been changes in my position. I am now the Saco River Recreational Council’s Conservation and Education program director. I will no longer be managing Swan’s Falls Campground but will be running our education program hand in hand with the campground. This gives me the ability to concentrate solely on developing and expanding on our existing education programs that we started with Stefan Jackson of The Nature Conservancy and The Saco River Recreational Council. The Nature Conservancy will be funding most or part of this program for the next few years.
DW: That's awesome, congrats. Also congratulations on being a 2009 Leave No Trace Advocacy Award Winner.
MB: I was very excited when I found out that I won an Advocacy Award last November!! Thank you sooo much! I am so proud to be recognized by such a great organization!
DW: Of course, thank you. So did you feel like your efforts in 2009 were a success?
MB: Yes, absolutely. We saw a lot of progress on the river. Our "Take Back our River" campaign with police chief Phillip Weymouth was a huge success. We worked hand in hand with the Saco River Patrol, a law enforcement unit on the river, to educate the general public about ways to enjoy