Rangeley, Maine: An Appalachian Trail Community

Rangeley, ME, became Maine's second Appalachian Trail Community(TM), following in the boot prints of Monson, ME, which might gloat about being first. (And why not? Some accomplishments are worth an extra dose of pride.)

This happy little town is in the midst of the beautiful Rangeley Lakes region.

The population of Rangeley is just about a busload more than 1,000 hearty souls, according to the 2000 census. Not a huge place, by many standards -- but enough to know the value of the Appalachian Trail. And what more matters to a thru-hiker?

Saturday, September 15, 2012 was the day for the big presentation by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

The Appalachian Trail Community(TM) program is designed to recognize communities that promote and protect the Appalachian Trail (AT). Towns, counties, and communities along the AT's corridor are considered assets by AT hikers and many of these towns act as good friends and neighbors to the trail. The program serves to assist communities with sustainable economic development through tourism and outdoor recreation, while preserving and protecting the AT.

Designation as an Appalachian Trail Community(TM) and participation in the program has these goals:

  • Engage community citizens, trail visitors and stewards
  • Recognize and thank communities for their service to the trail and hikers
  • Act as a catalyst for enhancing sustainable economic development
  • Aid local municipalities and regional areas with conservation planning
  • Help local community members see the trail as a resource and asset

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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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