Marion Carry

Grant Name:  The Open Space Institute:  Marion Carry Dock and Interpretation

Project Size: $42,000

Grant Amount: $8,500

Strategic Value:  Public safety and education, land protection

The Open Space Institute is a leader in environmental conservation with a mission to protect scenic, natural and historical landscapes to provide public enjoyment, conserve habitat and working lands and sustain communities.

The Marion Carry River site is an historic canoe carry connecting Marion River to Utawana Lake.  The carry is used today, notably during the Adirondack Canoe Classic, when 250 boats cross the carry. It’s one of the mostly highly used spurs of the Northeast’s 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Years of use by paddlers led to erosion on the shoreline of Utuwana lake. Also, the historic barge where paddlers embark, deteriorated and became a health hazard. OSI approached Cloudsplitter for support in building a new dock and installing interpretive paneling.

 

Grant Analysis:  (Paneling to be installed this spring after ground thaws)

A dock of sufficient proportions has been constructed and installed so paddlers can now safely access Utawana and Raquette Lakes. The new location will result in minimal impact on the wetlands and will protect the shoreline from further erosion from the high traffic of paddlers to the area.

Mounted panels near the dock will shed light on the rich history of the site, while educating users on issues of current importance, such as invasive species.