Special Membership Meeting March 28 on Prospect Land Transfer


DUE TO SNOWSTORM, THIS MEETING IS POSTPONED TO MARCH 28! The President and Board of Directors of GPMCT hereby call a Special Meeting, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at 6 pm at Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery, Orland, Maine (snow date March 29). The purpose is to review and vote on the transfer to Coastal Mountains Land Trust, a qualified organization with offices in Camden, Maine, of two (2) parcels of land consisting of 47 acres on Bowden Point, Town of Prospect, Waldo County. These parcels were donated without restriction to GPMCT in 2016 under the Will of Elizabeth Wemett. GPMCT’s Board of Directors has approved and recommends the membership approve transfer of the parcels to CMLT. GPMCT bylaws require membership review and vote. Members in good standing are eligible to vote. View the Membership Resolution, CMLT/GPMCT Transfer Agreement and Findings of Fact. For more information, e-mail or call 207 469-6929.

Skorapa, Clarke win Wildlands Snowshoe Run Feb. 19


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

Help Wanted – Land Steward

Birding Path bog bridge

Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust is the non-profit land trust for Bucksport, Orland, Dedham and Verona Island. GPMCT owns and manages about 4,600 acres (including the 4,500-acre Great Pond Mountain Wildlands in Orland) for wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation and sustainable forestry, and holds conservation easements on private land in Orland and Dedham/Lucerne. GPMCT seeks an energetic, detail-oriented person who loves people and the outdoors to fill the position of Land Steward.

GPMCT has an active management program in the Wildlands and on its Bucksport property, with a strong corps of stewardship volunteers, a seasonal ranger and a contract forester. The Land Steward will oversee and build the stewardship program, recruiting, organizing and managing volunteers and interns and organizing work events. The Steward will oversee land management, monitoring and maintenance of roads, trails, parking lots, campsites and more. The Steward will collaborate with the Stewardship Committee, and report to the Executive Director.

Successful applicants must have excellent volunteer management and communication skills; be self-directed, organized and detail-oriented; able to hike and work outdoors; and have computer expertise, a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. Additional skills desired include some or all of the following: ability with hand/power tools and small tractor; experience with trail/gravel road maintenance; GPS and GIS mapping skills; experience building and managing a volunteer network; a background in natural resource management or natural sciences; and practical experience in land management.

This position will start April 1, 2017 and be 20 hours/week, year-round, with flexible hours. Some evening and weekend hours required. Compensation is $20,000 per year with potential for future growth. Mileage reimbursed while on job site or fulfilling duties. Professional development opportunities available. The successful candidate will initially be hired for a one-year term, with a 90-day probationary period.

How to Apply:

E-mail letter, resume and 3 references to (preferred), or mail to GPMCT, PO Box 266, Orland ME  04472. CLICK HERE to download this job description. Deadline is February 23. For more information, or 207 469-6929.

Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Goupee, VanDongen win Wildlands Trail Run


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 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

Doherty, Keeney are Volunteers of the Year

Peter Keeney

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 or visit 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.


Cheri Domina

Executive Director

Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust

PO Box 266

Orland, ME  04472

207 469-6929