FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2014
GREENVILLE, Maine – The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) announced Aug. 11 that it will work with the Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation (MLREDC), Plum Creek and the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) to invest $1.1 million in trail construction and maintenance over the next five years to help build recreational trails in the Moosehead and 100-Mile Wilderness regions as part of a larger effort to further grow the nature-based tourism economy in the region.
The investment is made possible by a grant to AMC from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation. The expanded trails stewardship effort will include the creation of new trails on AMC lands and support construction and maintenance of trails on surrounding conservation lands owned by Plum Creek BPL. This investment, announced in partnership with Plum Creek and MLREDC, will match an additional $1 million that has already been committed by Plum Creek to trails construction in the region. BPL is managing the Plum Creek funding and trail construction in partnership with a Moosehead Trails Advisory Committee.
“This investment will play a substantial role in future economic development of the Moosehead Region and will directly benefit communities around Piscataquis County, including Greenville, Shirley and Rockwood,” said Craig Watt, MLREDC member.
“Individuals, businesses, and organizations have worked together to conserve hundreds of thousands of acres in the region, and now we can help ensure these lands provide additional opportunities for outdoor recreation and the related economic benefits that come with improved recreational access. We believe these trails will help to solidify the region’s status as a true world-class destination for outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism,” said Walter Graff, Senior Vice President for the AMC.
“We are thankful to the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation for making this investment in recreational infrastructure in the region,” he said.
“We are grateful to AMC and the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation for this generous investment,” said Luke Muzzy, Senior Land Manager for Plum Creek. “This additional partnership will help ensure that the expansive trail system is planned, developed and maintained to be a long-term asset to the Moosehead Lake Region.”
“This grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation is great news for the support it provides to outdoor recreation coordination in the Moosehead Lake Region,” said Rex Turner, Outdoor Recreation Planner with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry. “The Moosehead Lake Region is one of the state’s most iconic destinations with state, private, and non-profit conservation underpinning a variety of tremendous outdoor activities. This grant will help AMC foster stewardship and wonderful experiences associated with a growing and very notable human-powered trail network in the heart of the Maine woods.”
As a part of this investment, AMC is hiring a Moosehead Region Trails Supervisor – a new full-time salaried position based in Greenville to oversee AMC trails and assist in construction and maintenance of regional trails. The position is posted at: outdoors.org/about/employment/fulltime/mwi-trails-supervisor.cfm
Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast. AMC helps people of all ages and abilities to explore and develop a deep appreciation of the natural world. With chapters from Maine to Washington, D.C., guidebooks and maps, and unique lodges and huts, AMC helps people get outdoors on their own, with family and friends, and through activities close to home and beyond. We invite the public to support our conservation advocacy and research, youth programming, and care of 1,800 miles of trails. More information is available online at qaprod.outdoors.org.
With more than 4,000 members in Maine, the AMC offers educational programs for children, adults, and families; operates its Maine Wilderness Lodges for the public in the 100-Mile Wilderness region; operates Knubble Bay Camp and Beal Island Campground in Georgetown and Echo Lake Camp in Acadia National Park; publishes the popular AMC Maine Mountain Guide; and maintains offices in Portland and Greenville. AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative seeks to address the ecological and economic needs of the Maine Woods by supporting local forest products jobs and traditional recreation, creating new multi-day recreational experiences for visitors and attracting new nature-based tourism to the region. More information is available at qaprod.outdoors.org/mwi.
Information about Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation
The MLREDC was formed in September of 2013 and is charged with growing and sustaining local businesses, attracting and creating new jobs and enhancing the economy of the Moosehead Lake Region.
Information about Plum Creek
Plum Creek is among the largest and most geographically diverse private landowners in the nation with approximately 6.8 million acres of timberlands in forest ecosystems across the northern and southeastern United States. Plum Creek also operates wood products mills in the Northwest. As the company celebrates its 25th anniversary as a publicly traded corporation, it continues to manage working forests and lands using sustainable practices to benefit Plum Creek’s many stakeholders. Plum Creek’s talented employees work together to create shareholder value, serve as stewards of the environment, make wood products for everyday use, and build strong communities. Please visit plumcreek.com/maine for the latest information about Plum Creek.
Information about the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Moosehead Region Non-motorized Trails Planning Effort:
Information about the Elimina B. Sewall Foundation
The mission of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation is to support conservation of the natural environment and the well-being of animals and human beings, primarily in Maine. Through its giving, the Foundation seeks to make a significant impact, inspire the generosity of others and empower those who share its vision. For more information see sewallfoundation.org.