Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust (MATLT) Receives Grant

Published Aug 10, 2015

Trail Sign in Monson, ME ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Trail Sign in Monson, ME ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust (MATLT) announced on August 7, 2015 that the Davis Conservation Fund provided a $12,000 grant to support MATLT's work on the Redington Forest project.

The Redington Forest project is a high priority for MATLT:

This 10,000-acre forest has outstanding wildlife habitat, landscape-scale connectivity potential and as a working, sustainably-managed forest it will continue to provide jobs for Franklin County.

This area has long been used for hiking, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, ATV riding and cross country skiing by individuals from the local area and those who visit the High Peaks region. These uses will continue under a conservation easement which will be held by Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust and the U.S. Navy. There will be opportunities for new recreational trails as well.

MATLT will use this money to fulfill its purpose "to preserve and protect land surrounding the Appalachian Trail in Maine for public benefit."

According to the MATLT website:

The A.T. in Maine traverses a rich and diverse landscape with grand vistas and is widely recognized as one of its wildest and most spectacular sections. The A.T. travels 281 miles across the state from the summit of Katahdin southwesterly to the Maine-New Hampshire border.

The trail lands encompass varied ecosystems from sub-alpine forests and alpine plant communities to large tracts of northern hardwood and spruce-fir forests to extensive wetlands and important aquatic environments. The fabled 100-Mile Wilderness portion of the A.T. is the longest stretch of uninterrupted wilderness on the entire route.

For the majority of the length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, hikers are only a few miles away from one road crossing or another. Not exactly what you would call "wilderness."

Then there's Maine's 100-Mile-Wilderness, stretching from Monson to Abol Bridge, within sight of Baxter Peak in the Katahdin Range. That portion of the AT is (ready?) 100 miles of wilderness.

Thanks to the MATLT, and other organizations, conserving areas adjacent to the Trail ensures "this special place remains undeveloped and untainted, ensuring future generations will be able to appreciate and learn from it."

We are thankful for the Davis Conservation Fund grant and for the MATLT for using the funds to protect and preserve the Appalachian Trail in Maine.

About the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust (MATLT)

The Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust was formed in June 2002 as an independent land trust for the purpose of acquiring and protecting the land surrounding the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) in Maine for public benefit. The trail lands in Maine represent some of the most diverse natural communities in the state and provide an important recreation resource.

Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust is a member of the following organizations:

  • Land Trust Alliance
  • Maine Land Trust Network
  • Maine Association of Nonprofits
  • Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce
  • Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative

Click Here for Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust (MATLT)

Click Here for MATLT Redington Forest Project

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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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