Tuesday, 06 February 2018 09:00

New trails on Maine coast Featured

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LUBEC - The Butler Conservation Fund is making some major investments all across the state. One example, A trail system is expected to boost the economy along Maine's coast.

"It's huge for the economy, the entire economy here," said Heather Henry-Tenan, the interim director for the Lubec Area Chamber of Commerce. 


Thanks to the Butler Conservation Fund, over 7 miles of land were purchased along the Cobscook Bay, these trails are now part of a town park in Lubec, known as Red Point.


"We've got 138 miles in this area," said Henry-Tenan. "That doesn't include the miles and miles of trails the Butler Foundation is going to be creating."


Butler Conservation Fund purchased more than 10 properties in the state. The organization recently made a $5 million investment in the Katahdin region for an outdoor education facility.


"We're purchasing for conservation, we're trying to protect the waterfront from development and keep the environment wild for future generations," said Carl Carlson, the director of conservation and infrastructure with the Butler Conservation Fund.


They are hoping to expand the education program on the Maine coastal waters with a $2 million investment to connect trails. Not only will it have a trail system, but picnic areas and venue for recreational activities.


"We're hoping that we can get the youth involved in outdoor activities in the Washington County area.


Whether that's to hike or enjoy a meal downtown, this investment is expected to have some major economic impact.


"The Butler Foundation coming here and expanding the trails here is right up our alley," said Henry-Tenan. "It's going to be huge for the entire community. The tourist will be flooding here, we hope."


According to Carlson, this is a way to preserve Maine's coastal waters. The trails are expected to be completely finished by summer of 2019.

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