Maine Appalachian Trail Club Receives Grant

Published Feb 18, 2013

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The Davis Conservation Foundation (DCF), based in Yarmouth, Maine, is a public charitable foundation established in 1989 by Phyllis C. Davis and H. Halsey Davis of Falmouth, Maine. The goal of DCF is to support the protection and conservation of the environment and our natural resources.

Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC) recently received a $20,000 grant from the Davis Conservation Foundation.

The grant supports MATC's Caretaker and Ridgerunner Education Program at Horns in the Bigelow Mountains, Piazza Rock near the Saddleback Mountain range, and Gulf Hagas in Central Maine.

MATC's caretakers and ridgerunners teach teach Leave-No-Trace ethics and provide a daily presence along the Appalachian Trail (AT). MATC reaches roughly 8,000 hikers annually. A few of MATC's goals are:

  • protecting alpine plants
  • preserving water quality
  • maintaining the Appalachian Trail
  • guarding wildlife habitats and
  • deterring vandalism.

Maine Appalachian Trail Club President Lester Kenway says, "Ridgerunners provide a vital service by educating the hiking public and monitoring the impact along the adjacent trail corridor. This vital work will continue through the support of the Davis Conservation Fund."

Grant dollars also assist MATC's outreach to groups using the AT, by helping fund a pre-season packet to approximately 100 colleges, high schools and summer camps annually.

The Davis Conservation Foundation's broad purpose is to support the wise utilization, protection and advancement of our physical environment and the different natural forms of life that inhabit it, including wildlife, sea life and mankind as they are impacted by the environment. To accomplish this, the foundation supports organizations whose areas of interest include projects related to:

  • Wildlife, wildlife habitat, environmental protection and outdoor recreation.
  • Strengthening volunteer activity and outreach/community involvement.

The Maine Appalachian Trail Club manages and maintains 267 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Maine. Founded in 1935, MATC is an all-volunteer, donor-supported nonprofit that welcomes new members and inspires respect for the natural treasure that is the Appalachian Trail.

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