Prospect—On March 29, thanks to a successful collaboration with Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, Coastal Mountains Land Trust established its most northerly preserve in Prospect, Maine. The new Penobscot Shore Preserve is made up of two parcels—16 and 31 acres—located on the Bowden Point Road along the western shore of the Penobscot River. The land, which will be made available for the public to enjoy, includes over 1,800 feet of forested shorefront along the Penobscot River and acts as a corridor for wildlife using the River. It also offers scenic views of the Penobscot River and of the adjacent Bucksport waterfront.
In 2016, the property was generously gifted to Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust by Elizabeth Wemett through her will in honor of her aunt, Mary Lord. Given that Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust’s service region in northwestern Hancock County extends west only to Bucksport and Verona Island, the organization reached out to their sister land trust across the river to see if it would be interested in becoming the long-term steward of this land. Coastal Mountains Land Trust was pleased to protect this scenic riverfront property in Prospect and is looking forward to inviting the community to visit and enjoy the land, once it has completed an ecological inventory and management plan for the property.
Keep an eye on the Coastal Mountains Land Trust webpage, www.coastalmountains.org, or that of GPMCT, www.greatpondtrust.org, for events and volunteer opportunities to help establish public access on the Preserve.
Coastal Mountains Land Trust has worked since 1986 to permanently conserve land to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay. The Land Trust has protected over 10,000 acres to date, offering 40 miles of trails for public access.
Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust has conserved land, water and wildlife habitat for the communities of northwestern Hancock County since 1993. GPMCT owns and manages the 4,500-acre Great Pond Mountain Wildlands in Orland, and has conserved an additional 200 acres for wildlife habitat and public recreation in Bucksport, Orland and Lucerne.
Victor Skorapa, 22, of Freeport led a pack of 15 runners to win the Wildlands Snowshoe Run on Sunday, Feb. 19, for the second year in a row. Sun and temperatures near 50 F meant t-shirts and well-packed snow on the scenic 4.4-mile course. Skorapa, a student at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, ran over the flank of Great Pond Mountain in 43:19, followed not-so-closely by the 2nd and 3rd overall winners, Michael Wade, 48, of Ellsworth at 48:54 and Jim Hunt, 50, of Dedham in 51:25.
Robin Clarke, 47, of Ellsworth was the winning female (and fourth place overall) at 57:20, followed by Donna Kausen, 63, of Addison at 57:21, and Melissa Ossanna, 47, of Bar Harbor at 59:04.
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The run was part of Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust’s Winter Fun Day, sponsored by Cadillac Mountain Sports, Curtis Family Shoe and Hannaford Supermarket.
Place Name No. Ag S Time Pace
1 VICTOR SKORAPA 22 22 M 43:19 9:51
2 MICHAEL WADE 11 48 M 48:54 11:07
3 JIM HUNT 69 50 M 51:25 11:42
4 ROBIN CLARKE 70 47 F 57:20 13:02
5 DONNA KAUSEN 39 63 F 57:51 13:09
6 CHRIS RICHARDSON 73 41 M 57:57 13:11
7 MELISSA OSSANNA 63 47 F 59:04 13:26
8 JEFF GAGNE 66 43 M 59:48 13:36
9 RYAN KING 18 47 M 1:01:57 14:05
10 BECKA GAGNE 65 49 F 1:05:21 14:52
11 PETER OSSANNA 64 56 M 1:05:40 14:56
12 KAREN GROSS 4 59 F 1:06:23 15:06
13 MELISSA DICARLO 30 42 F 1:26:31 19:40
14 SUSAN LAZOR 71 55 F 1:31:37 20:50
15 TIM GRIFFIN 72 50 M 1:44:10 23:41
Andy Goupee of Dedham and Jennifer VanDongen of Bar Harbor led the pack over the finish line in the Wildlands Trail Run Sunday, October 30. Fifty-six runners from around the state turned out for the first race in the 2016 Downeast Double Trouble Trail Race Series, a 6.3-mile dash across Oak and Flag Hills and Flying Moose Mountain in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands. Goupee, 35, who won the race in 2014 and was crowned Double Trouble Champ in 2015 (coming in 2nd in the Wildlands Run and winning the Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s Autumn Trail Run), came in this year with a time of 44:58. VanDongen, 38, has been the female winner for four years, and is also undefeated as Double Trouble Champion; her time was 50:01. She came in sixth overall.
Second and third-place men’s winners were Eric Mauricette, 25, of Grand Lake Stream, with a time of 46:04, and J. Chase Reidelbach, 22, of Virginia Beach (a student at Maine Maritime Academy), coming in at 47:01. Second place in the women’s division went to Dara Knapp, 38, of Columbia Falls, with a time of 53:55, and third was Maddy Glover, 28, of Ellsworth, 56:54. Full race results are available HERE. Check out Hans Krichels’ race photos HERE.
Sunday, Nov. 6 is the second race in the Downeast Double Trouble series—Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s Autumn Trail Run. This race—with a choice of 4 or 8-mile course—starts and finishes at 11 am at Sumner Memorial High School in Sullivan. Steep climbs, granite ledges and gorgeous views are the reward. Cost is $25 to register on race day. Those who run both races are eligible for special prizes, and earn a Double Trouble Trail Race tote. Visit www.frenchmanbay.org for more information.
Both races are sponsored by Hancock County land trusts and proceeds benefit local land conservation and public trails.
Thanks to our sponsors: Stanley Subaru; Awards, Signage & Trophies; Nick Vachon, Podiatrist; Dave’s Tractor Services; Curtis Family Shoe; MacLeod’s Restaurant; Tradewinds Market; Woodland Studios; Cadillac Mountain Sports; Morton’s Moo. And thanks to those donating door prizes: Hannaford’s Supermarket (Bar Harbor), Cadillac Mountain Sports, China Joy, A&B Naturals, Jordan’s Restuarant, Ben & Bills Chocolate Emporium, Trailhead Cafe, EPI Pizza, Pat’s Pizza.
Photo of VanDongen crossing the finish by Hans Krichels
Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust honored David Doherty of Orland and Peter Keeney of Bar Harbor as 2015-16 Volunteers of the Year, at the land trust’s annual meeting July 10.
The land trust recognized Doherty for his volunteer work rebuilding the Stuart Gross Trail on Orland’s Great Pond Mountain, and his participation in the Adopt-a-Path program in the 4,500-acre Great Pond Mountain Wildlands, where he has adopted three trails this season. With Doherty’s help, the trust won a $20,000 grant 18 months ago from McKee Foods—Doherty’s employer—for rebuilding the trail on Great Pond Mountain.
Keeney was honored for his role in organizing the annual Wildlands Trail Run for the past ten years, and Wildlands Snowshoe Race since 2002. Both races are benefits for the land trust, and each year Keeney has set up the courses, solicited prizes, cooked food and made homemade prizes for each race. The Wildlands Trail Run, now part of the Downeast Double Trouble Trail Race Challenge, has drawn as many as 75 runners in recent years.
For more information on GPMCT programs or volunteering, call 469-6929, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.greatpondtrust.org. Volunteer workdays are held every other Saturday this season (July 23, Aug. 6 & 20 and Sept. 3 & 17), and boundary workdays each Friday.
Photo: Peter Keeney by Hans Krichels
PHOTOS – two from July 10 annual meeting, Emily Hawkins presenting VOY award, and two photos of the volunteers at work.
Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust
PO Box 266
Orland, ME 04472
ORLAND—Victor Skorapa, 21, of Freeport—a student at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine—bested a field of 17 runners to win the Wildlands Snowshoe Race on Sunday, Feb. 7. This winter’s run featured pleasant temperatures and softening snow—a big contrast to last season’s deep powder and bitter cold! Only about half the runners sported snowshoes; the rest wore trail shoes. Skorapa finished the rugged 4.9-mile slog (in snowshoes) from Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery up and over the flank of Great Pond Mountain and back in 41:35.
The Maine Maritime Academy Snowshoe Team sent four men plus coach Ryan King this year to earn the top three slots in the race. J. Chase Reidelbach, 22, of Virginia Beach came in second with a time of 42 minutes; and Kyle Huston, 23, of Washburn, ME earned third place, finishing the run in 46:44.
Top female finishers were Nicole Grohoski, 32, of Ellsworth, who took fourth place overall with a time of 46:56; Amy Dowley, 30, of Machias, sixth place overall with a time of 47:45; and Christina Dykeman, 27, of Trenton, 8th place overall with 50:29.
CLICK HERE for a full list of race results.
The snowshoe race was part of Winter Fun Day, sponsored by Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust. The day also featured a bonfire and hot dog roast and primitive skills demonstrations, and proceeds benefitted the land trust, which owns and manages the 4,500-acre Great Pond Mountain Wildlands in Orland.
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