Goupee, VanDongen win Wildlands Trail Run

A record 78 runners turned out for this year’s Wildlands Trail Race Sunday, October 26. The first race in the 2014 Downeast Double Trouble Trail Race Series saw some solid performances and left a lot to be determined at next week’s run in Sullivan. In this year’s Double Trouble Race standings, Jennifer VanDongen of Bar […]

GPMCT earns national accreditation!

Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust is one of 25 land trusts nationwide to be awarded first-time accreditation in August from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. “We are thrilled to be recognized for our commitment to conserving amazing local places for people and wildlife,” said GPMCT Executive Director Cheri Domina. […]


On May 15 in the Wildlands, a dream finally came true.  Great Pond Trust’s new Kubota tractor showed up on schedule. This machine comes complete with brush hog, landscape rake, and rear grader blade. It will be used primarily for maintaining roads and mowing fields and trails. In the attached pictures, Steward Brian Keegstra and Director […]


April 27, 2014. BIG THANKS to Logan Cote and Orland’s Scout Troop 102, who spent Monday morning  constructing over 100 feet of bog bridging on our Wildlands Birding Path (off Hothole Pond Trail). This is Logan’s Eagle Scout project. Come check it out.                

Bucksport Farmer’s Market returns

The Bucksport Farmer’s Market will be back outdoors on Main Street (next to the Post Office) Thursdays starting May 15, 2:30-5 pm. New vendors will join the ones you grew to love and support last season. GPMCT is a sponsor! Support your local farmers and enjoy some delicious breads, veggies, meats, seedlings and more.

To the Summit! Campaign a success

THANK YOU for helping us reach the summit! Just as 2013 ended, we reached our campaign goal of $750,000 to purchase 200 acres atop Orland’s Great Pond Mountain, connecting the two Wildlands sections and conserving the mountain’s summit forever! The To the Summit! campaign was announced to the public on June 29, 2013, and by […]


ORLAND – Ice and slush didn’t stop 19 diehard runners from competing  in the  12th annual Wildlands  Snowshoe Race on Sunday, Feb. 2 in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands.  Matt Methot, 23, a Maine Maritime Academy student from Portland, took home the prize for first place. He ran the challenging 4.9-mile course (sans snowshoes) from the fish hatchery up and over […]


December 1, 2013. Dozens of families braved fog, chill, and drizzle to gather greens and trees in the Wildlands. The atmosphere was festive and twenty-five trees were harvested.  Join us next Sunday at noon for Day 2 of this annual event. FOR MORE PICTURES, visit our web gallery: http://greatpondtrust.org/2013/12/greens-gathering-in-the-wildlands-2013/ FOR EVEN  MORE PICTURES, CLICK HERE:   https://picasaweb.google.com/hkrichels/CMasTrees12113   December […]


November 14, 2013. Scott Vicnaire navigates his huge machine through the Wildlands. This is the final day of grading on Flag Hill and the Valley Road being done by Wardwell Contracting, a Division of Lane Construction. Thanks to Bob Gomes, retired Supervisor at Lane Construction and current member of Great Pond Trust, Wardwell Construction has […]

Wildlands Trail Run Results

Blazing oaks, blaze-orange vests and a well-blazed race course met blazing speed as Erik McCarthy, 32, of Old Town led a field of 71 runners across the finish line in the Wildlands Trail Race October 27. The race benefitted Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and local land conservation. In this, the first of the Downeast […]