Mauricette, VanDongen win Wildlands Trail Race

ORLAND—Eric Mauricette, 26, of Baileyville crossed the finish line first—amongst a field of 32 runners and one black bear—in this year’s Wildlands Trail Race October 29. Mauricette charged through the mountainous 6.3-mile course in 46:18. Jennifer VanDongen, 40, of Bar Harbor was the first female finisher (and fourth overall) for the fifth year in a […]

Meet our new Board candidates…

Four new interim board members joined our board this fall and winter, and you’ll have the opportunity to confirm their membership at our July 9 annual meeting. John Barlow of Orland joined the board in November, and hosted a weekend of Christmas tree cutting to benefit GPMCT. Originally from Plymouth, MA, John moved to Maine […]

Two land trusts create Penobscot Shore Preserve

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Doherty, Keeney are Volunteers of the Year

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 […]

Skorapa wins Wildlands Snowshoe Run

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 […]

Cake and VanDongen win Wildlands Trail Run

Judson Cake of Bar Harbor was the overall winner of the 6.3-mile Wildlands Trail Run, held on a rainy fall Sunday, October 25. Cake, 37, ran the course up and over Oak and Flag Hills in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands in 43:41. Andy Goupee of Dedham took 2nd overall with a time of 45:18, […]

Bylaws overhaul, new board members at July 12 Annual Meeting

At GPMCT’s Annual Meeting July 12, members will vote on revised bylaws and a new slate of board members and officers, and say goodbye to several board members terming out. Click HERE for an agenda! Departing board members include Ted Van Leer of Lexington, VA and Alamoosook Lake, Orland, who has now served a total […]

Bucksport blueberry field, forest conserved

Outdoor adventurers will have a new destination in Bucksport this year, now that GPMCT has received a stunning 65-acre forest and blueberry field on the town-abandoned Upper Long Pond Road. The property sits high on the north side of a ridge and contains a 5.5-acre blueberry field, a 5-acre wetland and 50+ acres of mixed […]