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1.01.2024 – 
Lumbermen’s Trail on Katahdin Woods and Waters Scenic Byway 
Patten Area Outdoors Community Group Vision Becomes Reality

Patten, Maine
January 1, 2024
In early 2023 Katahdin Area Trails, a partner in Patten Area Outdoors, was awarded a
Recreational Trails Program grant, through the Maine Department of Agriculture,
Conservation and Forestry, to construct a high quality, easy to navigate non-motorized
accessible trail.   The vision was to complete a short evenly graded trail that would
include a children’s Storybook Lane on land behind the Lumbermen’s Museum. The
hope was that this trail would be a place for people of all ages and abilities to spend
time outdoors together.  
Patten Area Outdoors, a volunteer group in the region focused on creating non-
motorized, accessible outdoor options for our town and our region, isare pleased to
announce that under the supervision of the Outdoor Sport Institute and Katahdin Area
Trails our first trail has been completed!.  People are walking the trails, some with
another walking partner, some with their dogs, and some to bring their kids to spend a
little time outdoors reading our first Storybook Lane book: “Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled
Ride Ever!”  
The planning and completion of the Lumbermen’s Trail has been assisted by staff from
the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program of the National Park
Service.  The Patten Planning Board with full support of the Patten Selectboard applied
for a planning grant to RTCA and have been working with a broad coalition of
individuals and groups to create our first non-motorized trail.  The commitment of the
Outdoor Sports Institute and Katahdin Area Trails to oversee broad regional planning,
contracting and construction of the trail has been essential.  The commitment of the
Lumbermen’s Museum, Veterans’ Memorial Library, and the Town of Patten has helped
to ensure the continued upkeep and maintenance of the trail and Storybook Lane.
We have had volunteer assistance and support from many organizations and individuals
including the Patten Selectboard and Planning Board, Maine Department of
Transportation (Scenic Byways Program), The Friends of Veterans’ Memorial Library,
Patten ATV Club, Katahdin Collaborative, Northern Forest Center, Friends of Katahdin
Woods & Waters, Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument, Katahdin Middle and
High School, Patten Area Women’s Club, Katahdin Tourism Partnership, and others.
Patten Area Outdoors and the Outdoor Sport Institute are holding an “open house” on
January 31, 2024, 2:00-4:30 pm.  Starting at 2 pm we will have a “trail trimming” and a
public engagement session on plans for future non-motorized trails in Patten.  We will
be doing light clean-up of the trail with time to walk / snowshoe along the trail and to
read our winter storybook.  Students from our after-school programs will be helping out
and we invite others of all ages in the community to participate.  

We will be offering home baked treats and hot drinks inside at the Lumbermen’s
Museum Building and Veterans’ Memorial Library (61 Shin Pond Road). There will be
posters showing future trail ideas, some fun activities, and time for thoughtsideas to be
shared.  Please join us on Wednesday January 31 st from 2-4:30,; come when you can.   
Anyone interested in joining the Patten Area Outdoors email list please contact Julie
Isbill at:  julie_isbill@nps.gov
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For further information please contact: 
Julie Buhler – Veteran’s Memorial Library, veteransmemoriallibrary2021@gmail.com
207-528-2164
Julie Isbill – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program of the National Park
Service,
julie_isbill@nps.gov 207 449-0053
Dan Rogan – Outdoor Sport Institute, dan@outdoorsi.org 218-316-2634
Ron Blum, Chair, Patten Planning Board and Patten Area Outdoors
rblummd@fairpoint.net 207 267-0267

1.30.2023 – 
TRAIL CONSTRUCTION GRANT AWARDED TO PATTEN AREA

Patten:   The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
awarded a Recreational Trails Program grant to Katahdin Area Trails to build a
short non-motorized trail through the woods behind the Patten Lumbermen’s
Museum.
    The grant of just under $40,000 supports construction of a 1/3-mile evenly
graded trail that will be welcoming to people of all ages and abilities for walking,
biking, bird watching and snowshoeing. In a joint effort with the Veterans’
Memorial Library one section of the trail will include a children’s StoryWalk,
featuring Maine-themed books with sixteen reading stations. Antique logging
equipment provided by the Museum will be displayed along parts of the trail for
education and interest.
    This project is possible thanks to the Patten Lumbermen’s Museum and
the Town of Patten allowing the trail to be built on their properties. Once
completed, the trail will be the first dedicated non-motorized trail in Patten.
A group of area organizations and residents called Patten Area Outdoors
(PAO) has been meeting to find ways to enhance outdoor parks and recreation
for residents and visitors with a focus on the development of a non-motorized
trail system in the area.
    Patten Area Outdoors includes participation from a wide range of local
organizations: Patten Selectboard, Patten ATV Club, Patten Planning Board,
Katahdin Collaborative, Katahdin Area Trails, Northern Forest Center, Friends of
Katahdin Woods & Waters, Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument,
Patten Lumbermen’s Museum, Patten Area Women’s Club, Veterans’ Memorial
Library, Katahdin Tourism Partnership, and others. The group receives help from
the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program of the National Park
Service, MaineDOT Scenic Byway program, and the Outdoor Sport Institute.
Preliminary work on the trail project has begun, with flagging of the trail
route and clearing the grounds of debris and trash. Local volunteers, Museum
Board members, and students with their teachers have been engaging in this preparation. 
Additional volunteer opportunities will be available when
construction commences in the spring. If construction proceeds according to plan, the trail will be open to everyone to enjoy next fall.
    More non-motorized trail discussions are underway and Patten Area
Outdoors is working towards a plan that articulates a vision, goals, and potential
outdoor improvements including parks and human-powered trails. Anyone
interested is invited to attend Patten Area Outdoors meetings. Join the email list
by contacting julie_isbill@nps.gov

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For additional information, Please contact:

Ron Blum, Chair, Patten Planning Board and Patten Area Outdoors
rblummd@fairpoint.net 207 267-0267

Julie Isbill, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program of the National
Park Service
julie_isbill@nps.gov 207 449-0053

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